Board of Directors and Committees

The Casa Esperanza Board of Directors (“Board”) regularly meets once a month on the dates denoted on the Casa calendar, and is governed by the organization’s bylaws. If you would like to offer your talents or service to help build Casa Esperanza Montessori, please consider volunteering on one of the board committees – see descriptions below.

The Board represents the nonprofit organization, established in 2000 to make a language-studies based, Montessori education available to children in the Triangle area of North Carolina. This education is provided through a private preschool and a public elementary and middle grades charter school, which serves students ages 3-14 years. The Board of Directors is responsible for writing the strategic plan to guide the growth and development of the school, including excellence in academic performance, fiscal responsibility, managed growth, community involvement, and clear leadership.

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the school, located at:
2600 Sumner Boulevard #130, Raleigh, NC 27616.

Meeting Dates

Monthly Board Meetings for the 2018-2019 school year will be held at the school on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. on the dates below. If a meeting date needs to change, the update will be shown on the calendar; please refer to the calendar to confirm meeting dates. Minutes of the board meeting are posted on the school website after the meeting in which they are approved.

 August 16, 2018  November 15, 2018 February 21, 2019  May 16, 2019
 September 20, 2018  December 20, 2018  March 21, 2019  June 20, 2019
 October 25, 2018  January 24, 2019  April 18, 2019

The annual retreat will be held in July for the current school year.  Date, time, and location will be posted on the calendar prior to the retreat.

Committee Structure

Committee Name Committee Chair Meeting Days & Time
Finance/Human Resources Alice Ward Second Thursday at 5:00 p.m.
Board Affairs Seth Wood & Monique Taylor Second Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Communications Janice Rojas & Monique Taylor Second Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
Development Seraka Davis & Mechelle McKinney Third Thursday at 5:00 p.m.
Board Meetings Monique Taylor Third Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
Strategic Planning Cindy Appleby & Dr. Allen Cannedy TBD
Executive Monique Taylor Second Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

All board meetings and committee meetings are listed on the school’s calendar. Any changes to the regular schedule will be made there.

If you are interested in serving on a committee, please contact our Board Affairs Chairperson, or the Chair of the committee you wish to serve!

Board Committee Descriptions

Board Affairs Committee
The Board Affairs Committee monitors compliance and governance matters related to the Board, including self-assessment. Committee members also assist the Board in identifying potential Board members, and in reviewing and recommending governance standards or guidelines applicable to the school.

Communications Committee
The Communications Committee supports the school’s efficiency and overall climate by fostering appropriate information within the school community that is relevant to the school’s mission. The Committee reviews methods of internal and external communication, helps to coordinate announcements, and makes recommendations, including the use of technology, to improve communication.

Development Committee
The Development Committee ensures that the school’s overall fundraising and capital strategy is met through philanthropy and fund development. The Committee works with faculty, parents, and the Board to set fundraising and capital development goals, set fundraising policies, and assess progress toward meeting our goals. The Committee also is involved in cultivating major gifts and corporate prospects, providing support for special events, examine development trends, and identify new potential grants for the school’s mission related work.

Executive Committee
The Executive committee primarily consists of the officers of the Board, and the Head of School. This Committee reviews high-level business matters and ensures that the appropriate information is provided and organized to present to the Board. It often acts as a steering committee to outline the agenda for the upcoming Board meeting.

Finance & Human Resources (HR) Committee
The Finance & HR Committee ensures the financial stability of the school by providing oversight on its budget, financial statements, audits, and investments. Committee members personally and actively support the budget to funding sources, monitor adherence to the budget and keep the board regularly informed of the general financial status of the organization. This Committee also approves the annual budget, approves key financial policies and internal controls and reviews any proposals that require a long-term commitment of the school’s resources.

Strategic Planning Committee
The Strategic Planning Committee develops a 5-year roadmap for the school and Board to follow in order to clarify and prioritize Casa’s goals for the future. The strategic plan describes how goals will be achieved through the use of available resources, guiding members of an organization to envision its future and develop the necessary plans, procedures and operations to achieve that future. As part of this work the Committee will also articulate milestones so progress can be measured and reviewed on a regular basis.