Board of Directors and Committees

The Casa Esperanza Board of Directors (“Board”) is governed by the organization’s bylaws. The Board represents the nonprofit organization that was 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 (ages 3 & up), and a public elementary and middle grades charter school, that serves grades K through 8. 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.

The Board regularly meets at least once a month on the dates denoted on the Casa calendar. 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, described below, or submit your interest in serving as a director of the Board.

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

Meeting Dates

Monthly Board Meetings for the current school year are typically held at the school on the 3rd Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. The Board may conduct interim or special meetings, which will all be published on the calendar on the School website. Committee meetings are also posted on the website calendar.

If a meeting date needs to change, the update and access link or dial-in (if applicable) will be shown on the calendar; please refer to the calendar to confirm meeting dates and locations. Minutes of the board meeting are posted on the school website after the meeting in which they are approved.

The Board retreat and Annual meeting will be held in July for the current school year. The Board appreciates the opportunity to conduct workshop discussions with one another at the retreat. Date, time, and location will be posted on the calendar prior to the annual meeting.

Committee Structure & Schedule

Committee Name  Co-Chairs Meeting Days & Time
Board Affairs Seraka Davis &
Monique Taylor
3rd Thursday monthly, 5:30 PM
Development Jon Lee & Mike Slipsky 3rd Thursday monthly, 5:00 PM
Executive Monique Taylor &
Seraka Davis
3rd Monday monthly, 5:00 PM
Finance Alice Ward & Mike Slipsky 2nd Thursday monthly, 5:00 PM

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.

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. Human Resources will remain a primary function of the Administration with support from the Executive Committee.

Finance Committee
The Finance 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 – Ad Hoc, not currently appointed
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. The strategic plan was last created for 2019-2024. The Board will review milestones periodically throughout each school year until a new committee is appointed and an updated version is published.

Other: Facility & Construction Management Task Force
This ad hoc task force does not function as a committee of the Board. Instead, it oversees the board’s effort’s to procure a new and permanent facility for the school. The members assigned this task serve as the primary contact and facilitator with the school’s business partners involved in the facility search, construction and implementation. Their function is critical in meeting a primary goal in the strategic plan.