BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES & DOCUMENTATION
The BOD database contains all reports and supporting documentation from meetings. Some committees may submit a report to the BOD in lieu of minutes, as they do not meet on a regular schedule.
Board of Director's Monthly Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Board meetings are typically split into two sections. The meeting begins with an open session to which Socrates Academy parents and faculty are welcome to attend and ends with a closed session for active Board members only.
Please join us for a meeting. Our meeting schedule can be found on the school calendar >>
Season's Greetings from the Socrates Academy Board of Directors
=== President’s Message ===
Dear Faculty, Staff, Parents and stakeholders of Socrates Academy,
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your commitment, dedication, hard work and patience as we have worked together to make this year as positive and successful as possible even though we are still facing great challenges related to this unpredictable global pandemic crisis.
We appreciate your willingness to do your best to make the educational experience as productive as possible throughout this period of uncertainty. You are the source of strength, the backbone of our school, and the reasons for our great success.
We want you to know that your efforts have not gone unnoticed and that our thoughts are with you and your families during this holiday season. We all know that his year’s socially distanced holidays will not feel the same, and they will not be celebrated in the enjoyable ways that we have celebrated in the past with many relatives and friends around us. We hope that better and brighter days are ahead for our scholars, and also hope that all of us can find creative ways to make the best of what we have for a wonderful holiday.
In the New Year 2021, we are looking forward to a great, productive partnership and collaboration with all of you to ensure that our scholars stay healthy and safe, have high expectations for reaching their full potential, and become academically, socially, physically and emotionally successful and responsible in our ever-changing global society. This New Year, we will also celebrate the achievement of another milestone at Socrates. This involves expanding our school to offer 9th grade to our students and beginning many athletic, playground, carpool lanes and other initiatives as part of our school improvement plan for continued high-quality student experiences on our 20 acre campus.
We wish all of you a merry holiday season filled with hope, joy, wonder, love, and social solidarity.
With much admiration and gratitude,
Larry Peroulas, President
Socrates Academy Board of Directors
Meet Our Board of Directors
Larry Peroulas, MA, APC
Holy Trinity Greek School Principal
Karen Gipson, B.S.
Association Director of Community Partnership, Corporate
Engagement & Volunteerism
Dr. Brenda Bilal, Ph.D.
Instructor at Central Piedmont Community College
Ph.D. in Educational Administration
The University of Texas at Austin
Antonis Stylianou, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, Belk College of Business, UNC Charlotte
Dr. Zoi Philippakos, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Reading & Elementary Education at UNC Charlotte
John Couchell, MPA
Rhonda L. Patterson, Esq.
Founding Attorney, Patterson Law Office, PLLC
Klea Miho, B.A.
Business Development Manager
Board of Directors Committee Rules & Regulations
The work of the Socrates Academy Board of Directors’ Committees is the backbone of Academy-based decision making. These Committees as well as those of the Administration and PFI Association contribute to the development of the policies adopted by the Academy’s Board of Directors and has been shown to be the most important element in student achievement. For the parents, this is a rewarding experience, and the kids love when their families are involved.
The responsibilities of the Board of Directors Committees can be found here >>
Board of Directors Committees
Reports from meetings are kept by the Chair of the Committee. Chairs are listed below each committee and can be contacted for reports.
All meeting dates are listed on the school website calendar.
Governing Board of Directors Roles and Responsibilities
The Governing Board of the Academy will interpret school district and state educational policies for the school; delegate administrative duties; make decisions on educational and budget matters; make continuous appraisal of the educational and administrative process; and administer funds for education judiciously.
The Board is accountable for the academic, financial, and operational policies of the Academy. The governing board will approve all budgets, set policy, establish procedures, approve selection of the director, and ensure the financial and administrative management of the Academy. Further, the governing board will ensure that the Academy's performance standards are met or exceeded, that ongoing assessments are accomplished, that financial reports are made and controls are in place, that state and district requirements are met, and that annual progress and accountability reports are made to the sponsor and other entities as required by law. The governing board, however, is not involved in the daily administration of the Academy. The day-to-day operation of the Academy will be overseen by a Principal (as described below and Job Descriptions).
Members of the Governing Board will possess the requisite qualifications and desire to ensure success of the school as expressed in its mission and the Guiding Principles set forth by the State of North Carolina charter school law. The Board includes at least the following: one educator or administrator, members of the community, community/business leaders, and parents of students, not to exceed a total of 11 but no less than members. Selection criteria for the Board includes: (1) expressed commitment to the School's vision and mission, (2) credibility and integrity in the community, and (3) professional, educational and/or practical expertise. The members will serve staggered terms to ensure continuity. Members of the Board will be fingerprinted as required.
A Principal, who reports directly to the Board of Directors, will administer the Academy. The position is considered to be a major administrative appointment with significant duties and responsibilities. The Principal will be a qualified individual with experience in education, budgeting, planning, implementing, and evaluating programs for schools. The Principal will be responsible for recommending employment, supervising, and evaluating all Academy staff.
General Responsibilities of Governing Members
Formulating and interpreting policies;
Making decisions on educational and budget matters;
Making a continuous appraisal of the educational and administrative process;
(a) developing an employment policy to hire a principal who will carry out its policy through the development and implementation of administrative directives.
Educational Planning and Appraisal
(b) acquiring reliable information from responsible sources which will enable it to make the best possible decisions about the scope and nature of the educational program.
(c) requiring appraisal of the results of the educational program.
Staffing and Appraisal
(d) employing the staff necessary for carrying out the instructional program and establish salaries and salary schedules, and other terms and conditions of employment, as well as for personnel policies in application.
(e) appraising the effectiveness of its staff by providing for their regular evaluation.
(f) adopting a budget that will provide the financial base for staff, buildings, materials, and equipment which will enable the Academy of carry out the educational program.
(g) exercising control over the finances of the Academy to ensure proper use of, and accounting for, all Academy funds.
(h) determining Academy housing needs, for communicating these needs to the community, for purchasing sites, and approving building plans that will support and enhance the educational program.
Communication with Public
(i) adequate and direct means for keeping the local citizenry informed about the Academy and for keeping itself informed about the wishes of the public.
(j) acting as a court of appeal for staff members, students, and the public when issues involve Board policy and its fair implementation.
The Board will exercise the above powers and duties only when convened in a legally constituted meeting.