DRAFT Common Ground Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: October 25, 2021

PLEASE NOTE: In order to comply with adjusted CT Open Meeting laws, this Zoom meeting will be recorded and posted on the Common Ground website

Zoom Recording:
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New Haven Ecology Project
Board Meeting Minutes
October 25, 2021

Board members present: Bob Parker, Errol Saunders, Babz Rawls Ivy, Kyeen Andersson, Beth Klingher, Peter Ludwig, Charles Negaro, Gioia Montana Connell, Carly Osborne, Joseph Melendez, Terri Snell

Staff present: Monica Maccera Filppu, Bev Greene, Cherry Pacquette-Emmanuel, Rikki Brown, Jessica Pressley, Emily Schmidt, Deborah Greig, Rebecca Holcombe, Joel Tolman


Babz Rawls Ivy called the meeting to order at 5:33. Seeing no public comment, Babz moved on to Business Requiring Approval. 

There was no Public Comment. 

Business Requiring Approval  

Sept. 27, 2021  Meeting Minutes

Charles moved to approve the Sept 27, 2021 Minutes. Bob seconded the motion. The minutes were approved unanimously. 0 board members abstained

Invoices Needing Approval

The following invoices were presented for approval. Beth moved to accept all the invoices. Errol seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. 

Amazon $7,152.09
McKenzie Painting $30,000
Carolina Biological Supply $7,528.75

Executive Director Report

Community Programs update, 10/25/21 – Google Docs Rebecca gave an update on Community Programs. Highlights can be found at the link above.

Cherry gave an update on Common Ground High School. Current enrollment is at 231. Included were results of early Fall testing and plans that are in place for the current Improvement Plan.

Monica reported that NHEP has been notified of a petition from the United Auto Workers seeking to represent all non supervisory staff. She is working with our attorneys to ensure proper steps are being taken for an equitable process.

Audit Committee (5:44)

There was no report.

Building Committee (5:45)

Bev presented recent developments in the Building Committee and described proposals the committee had received. Errol moved and Bob seconded that we table this discussion until next month, ”so that we can be presented with a written proposal and have time to do our due diligence.”

Development Committee Report

Babz and Charlie led a discussion about upcoming fund-raising efforts, and reminded all members to secure a time to talk with Audrey concerning their approach to the Annual Fund Drive. Charlie also reported that Feast was a big success this year, with a net profit of around $70,000.

Finance Committee Report

Beth reported that the First Quarter budget vs actuals showed that we are in good shape financially. She also shared charts describing the revenue and expenses of this year’s budget.

Governance Committee Report

Bob reported that the committee discussion was concerning current board members terms and possible new board members.

School Committee Report

Peter made a motion to accept the policies for gender diverse students and to charge the administration to develop practices to ensure the communication of these policies to the community and provide for appropriate training of staff. The motion was seconded by Ky. The motion passed unanimously. 

New Business

There was no new business.

Executive Session

There was no request to move to Executive Session.


Charlie moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:21. Joseph seconded the motion. The motion to adjourn passed unanimously.

Next Meeting: Monday, November 29th

Public Comment: 

In order to comply with adjusted Connecticut Open Meeting laws, any member of the public wishing to participate in the meeting must sign up on the Public Participation Sign-up Document. Sign-ups for Public Participation will open at 5 pm on the last business day before the meeting (Friday, September 24th) and will close at 5:00 pm on the day of the meeting (Monday, September 27th). Public Participation is limited to 2 minutes per person up to 30 total minutes. Anyone wishing to make a statement to the board can also submit testimony in writing to Elena.Augusewicz@nhep.com  by 5:30 pm on the day of the meeting. All submitted documents will be included in the publicly shared meeting minutes.


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