Minutes of the b. E. S. T. Academy high school school council meeting

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school council meeting

September 29, 2014

The B.E.S.T. Academy High School Council met in regular session Monday, 9/29/14 at 6 pm.

The meeting was held in the BEST Academy 2nd Floor Conference room 1890 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy. Atlanta, Ga. 30318.
School Council Members present:

Mr. Bernard Porche

Mrs. Justina L. Reynolds

Dr. Timothy Jones

Ms. Carla Christian

Mr. Braxton Cotton

Mr. Robert Williams
School Council Members absent:

Mr. Ray Singer

Ms. LaShonda Anderson

Guest: Sean Price, 12th grader of B.E.S.T. Academy High

6 members were present, representing a quorum.
1. Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Dr. Timothy Jones, Chair, at 6:13 pm.
2. Approval of Agenda
Chairperson Dr. Jones distributed the agenda pursuant to the Open Meetings Act.

Moved, seconded, and carried that the school council approve the agenda as presented.

MOTION: Mr. Porche; SECOND: Ms. Christian


Dr. Jones stated that the minutes from April 2014 in conjunction with September’s 2014 will be read at the October’s meeting.
3. Welcome and Introduction

After the calling of meeting to order and review of agenda, Dr. Jones introduced to the council the newest member, Mr. Braxton Cotton. Mr. Cotton is the parent of one current 12th grader here at BEST Academy. Mr. Cotton provided the council background information of himself and his work experience. This was followed by introductions of all current members present.
4. Establish Meeting Norms (Dates, Days, Time and Location)

Dr. Jones provided the council with a list of dates, time and location for consideration for standing meetings. The council members agreed that all meetings will be held on Mondays at 6:00 pm in the 2nd Floor Conference Room. The dates are as followed for the 2014-2015 school year:

October 27th

November 17th

December-No Meeting

January 26th

February 23rd

March 30th

April 27th

May 18th

5. The Year in Review
A. New Partnerships

-EPIC 9th graders will participate in this program

-One World Link

-K. Strickland-Vision Board

Mr. Strickland with the assistance of Mr. McFarlin, staff of BEST HS/MS will provide a road map to success for the 9th graders as they transition into high school. Study skills, organization skills and shaping positive behavior are the topics that this group will cover. In addition Mr. Strickland will expound on creating a Vision Board with the 10th graders.
-CAUTV: Production Assistance

Mr. Williams provided an overview of the CAU-TV present on BEST Academy campus. The program is housed on the 4th floor of the high school and has selected 11 students of which 4 are seniors. Students completed a project based activity (rubric provided by CAU-TV) along with interviews in order to secure a position with CAU-TV.

b. Events
-Falcon Parking
Ms. Christian provided background on this fundraising initiative. The pros/cons on this endeavor were shared by both Mrs. Christian and Dr. Jones. Centennial Charter School (CCS) is providing the space at a 20% profit margin to be given to the CCS. Security and custodial fees are needed along with shuttle bus expenses. One World Link is a company that provides shuttle service at a rate of $680.00 per event. The Falcon Parking Initiative will be a part of the Foundation. The initiative will take the by-in of the BEST learning community and the Foundation.
-Atlanta Classic

Mr. Bernard Porche, a member and past president of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, shared information concerning the annual football classic along with other activities center around science and technology. The Atlanta Classics funds are used in part to provide scholarships to the members of Project Success. In addition the funds supports enrichment program and scholarship academy. Further insight was given concerning the 501 3C that the Foundation has been approved. Mr. Bernard stated that the vision of the foundation is to continue to support the school in areas of instructional support, enrichment, and outreach program for the community. Dr. Jones addressed Mr. Cotton’s question concerning the benefits and of having a 5013C and appropriation of the funding. Dr. Jones expounded on the opportunities that can come from this foundation in hiring additional staff and extending enrichment programs.

c. Grants

-Governor’s Office of Student Achievement

1. Planning- 10,000

2. Scaling – 200,000

Dr. Jones updated the council on the grant that he and his team are working to receive from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. Currently, they have proposed a pathway for students of Grove Park and Venetian Hill in the field of science and technology to matriculate through BEST Middle and High into dual enrollment with Georgia Tech. The 1st level of the grant is $10,000 moving to $200,000 in grant funding for this program. Mr. Cotton volunteered to assist with this project.

d. Opportunities

- BEST Academy and Community Foundation

-Global Youth Leadership

Students have been selected from the top 20% of their class grade 9-12. Students will have the opportunity to participate in various programs: Leadership at Morehouse, Summer Program at Kennesaw State, 3 week excursion to China, and 2 weeks residential program in the summer.

-Kuk Harrell Foundation

Mr. William shared with the council a new and exciting opportunity that has occurred for 5 high school students and 1 middle school student. Mr. Harrell is a highly acclaimed music producer and has won numerous Grammy Awards. He along with his team will provide 8 months instruction in the area of writing, producing, singing, etc. The students will have the chance to work in a professional music studio.

- 100 Black Men Programs

1. Top 10%-Project Success Collaboration

2. Top 20%- Distinguished Lecture Series held every 3rd Friday

5. Nomination of Officers

A. Secretary: Dr. Jones nominated Dr. Justina Reynolds. Mrs. Christian motioned to accept nomination along with 2nd by Mr. Williams. Council approved.

B. Chair: Dr. Jones was nominated by Mrs. Christian motion followed and 2nd by Mr. Williams. Council approved.

C. Co-Chair: Mr. Porche was nominated by Mrs. Christian motion followed and 2nd by Mr. Williams. Council approved.
6. Possible Council Goals for the Year was attached to the agenda and reviewed by the council.
7. Adjourned
With no further business to come before the school council, the meeting was adjourned at 7:00 pm.

MOTION: Mrs. Christian; SECOND: Mr. Porche


The next meeting of the BEST Academy High School Council

will be held on October 27, 2014 at 6-7 pm at 1890 Donald Lee Hollowell 2nd floor conference room

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