September 26th, 2017 Board Minutes

September 26, 2017

Date: Tuesday September 26, 2017

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Location: THINC. Board Conference Room

One College Circle, LaGrange, GA 30240

Present: Andy Fritchley, Robby Burch, John Asbell, Bill Stump, Cynthia

Culbreath, Corinne Hodges, John Radcliff, Margaret D. Schaufler, Renae Willis,

Absent: Mike Young, Tiffany Wood, Linda McMullen, Dr. Olugbenga Obasanjo, Karen Freeman, Mitch Key, Perrin Alford

Others Present: CEO – Dr. Kathy Carlisle
Principal- Dr. Chris Williams
Staff- Molly Sumner

Robby Burch called the meeting to order at 12:08pm.

Approval of the August Board minutes

  • John Asbell made a motion to approve, Bill Stump 2 nd the motion

Robby Burch gave an update to the Board on his meeting with Dr. Pugh and Cabinet

  • 3 things that were asked of TCSS
    • MOU approval
    • Charter approval
    • Support enrollment goals
  • Stump addressed TCSS needed to do the following for future enrollment:
    • Improve registration process
    • Ensure all facility, staff, student and parents know available options
    • Create a universal registration form for all schools to use instead of individual
  • Stump reported that Ted Alford with TCSS board has requested a meeting to discuss financial numbers regarding FTE
  • Corrine Hodges stated that she hoped the meeting accomplished THINC having a presence and engagement with TCSS
  • John Asbell stated it is critical to make a connection with TCSS board by:
    • Making them aware and engaged with THINC
    • Backing messages to Board with results/data
      • Cynthia Culbreath asked what the next step would be to obtain data to
        be able to have a better plan for next year

        • Hodges stated that enrollment/9 th grade students need to be
          addresses with the Cabinet

Bill Stump reviewed the financials with the Board

  • Carlisle explained the carry-over from the previous year
  • Stump stated that the unused funds from the previous year would go into Future Sustainability
  • Carlisle stated the 86% used from Staff Development included the $10K deferred to TCSS for Bill-Back charges to be used for future travel by staff
    • Radcliff asked if next year’s FTE budget should allot for Staff Development
      • Stump agreed to consider in next year’s budget

Carlisle stated the Chamber is still waiting on 3 member for Board vacancies

  • Willis stated that she felt those being considered would agree
  • Burch stated all nominations would be reviewed and voted on in October.

Dr. Chris Williams spoke on the STEM certifications and advantages:

  • Would help with Charter
  • Certification is through AdvancedEd which is the accreditation organization for TCSS was already being used with TCSS
    • Carlisle stated it would be estimated at $2000
  • 4 THINC Instructors are applying for NISE, a national instructor STEM certification
    • Self-evaluation process
    • Competency based portfolio
    • Cost would be $625 per Instructor
      • Asbell asked what resources would be required to obtain certifications.
        • Williams stated Instructors would provide documentation
          • Most requirements are already available
      • Burch asked if other certifications were considered and why these were chose
        • Carlisle stated that others were looked at but these were considered were chosen because of the national recognition

Carlisle gave information for a International Business Pathway to be offered exclusively at THINC

  • Hodges asked if it would be a possibility for it to be offered for Keystone
    • Carlisle said that would be a decision for Dr. Johnson
  • Asbell asked if there was a demand for jobs in that Pathway in our area
    • Carlisle gave examples of areas in need for this area of study such as:
      • Hospital
      • Hospitality
      • Customer Service
      • Manufacturing
        o Culture
        o Global Logistics
        o Management styles
  • Asbell stated that every student would benefit from study of International Business
  • Hodges asked how to articulate if the pathway would prepare student for college or career.
    • Carlisle stated that it falls in line with established pathways
      • Students would still need continued educations and experience
      • LaGrange College and Point University to help with set-up of pathway
  • Burch asked if a new Instructor would be needed for pathway
    • Williams stated that the Instructor would need to have experience/education in the area of study
    • Carlisle stated that Instructor need would be based on enrollment
  • Radcliff asked if information on new pathway could be given to students now
    • Carlisle stated it should go on new advisement sheets
    • Goal to launch Fall 2018
  • Culbreath made a motion to exclusively offer an International Business Pathway at
    THINC, Willis 2 nd motion

Carlisle gave information on the Korean students visiting

Carlisle informed Board of approval for Home and Private School students to attend THINC starting in January.

  • Hodges asked what the process would be for students.
    • Carlisle stated that she has emailed and invited all Home and Private School Administrators to a meeting to discuss
    • Students would register at TCSS and them enroll in classes at THINC
    • Radcliff stated there would be a $300 out of county charge for students
      • Hodges asked if the Randy Jackson Foundation could help cover this
        expense

        • Carlisle to check into
    • Radcliff suggested checking with Penny Johnson for the procedure to be set
      • Radcliff stated that Shanitra Ransom needs to be aware of the process for registration at TCSS

Carlisle gave information on the Youth Workforce Forum held last month

  • Follow-up with local business and industries this Friday

Asbell gave information from the Fundraising Committee Meeting held last week.

  • Committee mentioned bringing in consultant to help strategized fundraising goals and plan.
    • Burch agreed to consultant being used
    • Hodges also agreed

The meeting adjourned at 1:37 pm.

Next meeting date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 12pm at THINC. College and Career
Academy. One College Circle, LaGrange, GA 30240
______________________________________________ Approval