Durham – Middle School Director Richie Mitchell welcomed the Alliance Board of Directors to Kestrel Heights Charter School for its May meeting. One of the main topics of discussion was to critique the Alliance’s state-wide conference held in March and to review the attendees’ survey questionnaires.
With over 95% of the attendees responding very favorably to the date and venue, the Board confirmed an April 3-5 return to the North Raleigh Hilton for the 2014 meeting.
Most attendees said they learned of the conference through the Alliance’s emailed announcements or from word-of-mouth from colleagues; so the Board agreed to focus its efforts on these methods of informing the charter community.
The conference breakout sessions were very highly rated by the attendees who felt the quality and variety were outstanding. The food was rated consistently as being excellent, however most attendees wanted a return to serving a continental breakfast at the start of each morning’s main session.
With regard to legal matters, the recent rejection of a number of charter applications was discussed by attorney John Branch with comments from visiting attorneys and applicants. The Board agreed that the Alliance would file “friends of the court” briefs on behalf of those applicants who were wrongly rejected and who might decide to seek redress. There would be no charge for any such briefs.
The new year begins in June, and the annual membership drive is being planned with Debbie Clary heading up this effort.
Pictured left to right are Renita Webb, Principal of Kestrel Elementary, Gail Taylor, Principal of Carter Community Charter, John Branch, Alliance attorney, Dr. A.L. Fleming , President of Woodson University and Alliance Director, Dr. Grova Bridgers, Alliance Director, Doug Haynes, CEO for Rocky Mount Charter, Baker Mitchell, Alliance Chair and Trustee of Charter Day School, Kestrel Middle School Director and our host Richie Mitchell, and Dr. Buddy Coleman of the Watson School of Education and Alliance Director. Director Phil Berger, Jr. had to leave for a speaking engagement, and Debbie Clary was at the legislature.
Alliance Board meetings are open to the public and visitors are welcome although opportunities to speak during the formal meeting may be limited by the time available.
The North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools (“The Alliance”) is the state’s only 501(c)(3), nonprofit, non-partisan organization with an all-volunteer Board of Directors whose mission is to advance quality educational opportunities and serve as the advocacy organization and voice for charter schools.