Common Ground Board Meeting Agenda for November 28 , 2022

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

New Haven Ecology Project

November 28, 2022

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Public Comment (5:30) (two minutes per person for a total time limit of 30 minutes, or by email; see instructions below) Sign up for Public Participation HERE

Business Requiring Approval (6:00)

Minutes of the October Board Meeting 

Board Approval of student Board Member Patience Christopher. 

Invoices Needing Approval

  • Zangari Cohn $9,809.75, Legal Fees
  • Powerschool $5,350.00, Classroom behavioral support software subscription
  • Thurston Foods $11,088.77, cafeteria food for students including Thanksgiving

Executive Director Report (6:15) (Monica)

Audit Committee (7:00)  (Goia)

The final audit is still in progress with no firm completion date (other than December 30th deadline). Betsy will schedule a committee meeting for the week of December 12th in anticipation of its being ready for review by then. 

Building Committee (7:00) (Bev) 

The Building Committee is on pause because there are no current building projects requiring board approval. The Management Team will continue to collaborate internally on Site and Facilities issues and will re-convene the Board Building Committee as needed. 

Development Committee Report (7:00) (Charlie) 

The Development Committee will meet 11/30 to discuss progress towards our annual fundraising goals, our EOY appeal, and our annual Board Holiday Gathering happening Dec.5th from 6-7:30 PM.

Finance Committee Report (7:05) (Beth)

The Finance Committee met on November 22nd to review Budget vs Actuals through October 31st. The Finance Committee will meet next on Tuesday, December 15th at 5:00 pm 

Governance Committee Report (7:15) (Bob)

The Governance Committee met on November 15th to discuss new board member recruitment and onboarding as well as Executive Director Goal-setting and the strategic planning process. The committee will next meet on December 15th at 1:30.

School Committee Report (7:15) (Monica)

The School Committee did not meet in November as there were no agenda items.  

New Business (7:20)

Executive Session

Adjourn (7:30)

Next Meeting: Monday, December 19th, 2022 at 5:30 pm via Zoom

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 (Wednesday, November 23rd) and will close at 5:00 pm on the day of the meeting (Monday, November 2 8th) 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  by 5:00 pm on the day of the meeting. All submitted documents will be included in the publicly shared meeting minutes.


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