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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 >>

Message from the President of the Board of Directors​

 

Dear Socrates Academy Stakeholders, Prospective Scholars and Families,

 

I hope that this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe during these unsettling and unprecedented pandemic times.

 

After 15 years of academic excellence and innovation, Socrates Academy is transitioning now to add high school, starting with a challenging and promising 9th grade beginning in 2021-2022. By acquiring additional land, considerably improving our 20-acre campus, and creating new academic and athletic opportunities, we have ensured that our scholars will continue experiencing in our smaller, but more responsive positive and family-oriented learning environment, a well-rounded high school education of the highest academic standards.

 

In meeting our scholars’ high expectations for higher order concepts and empower them to realize their full potential, Socrates Academy will be offering the exciting and inspiring opportunity to further enrich their standard course of study by enrolling either in our academically and Intellectually gifted pathway of Global Studies Program, leading to the additional Socrates signature Global Studies Diploma, or in our creative and innovative Standard Course of Study blended with STEM Career-Oriented Course Certifications.

These two very promising educational pathways, enriched with advanced coursework in Greek Language and cultural heritage - the cradle of our Western Civilization and Democracy, make the big difference at Socrates, and a sure way of being accepted at premiere American universities or placing them in an advantageous position for starting a professional career immediately after their graduation.

 

The mission of our four-year College & Career Readiness Course of Study is to cultivate our young women and men to be global-minded, critical, and creative thinkers, technology-oriented and ethical lifelong learners for impactful national and global citizenship. Scholars in both programs must respectfully commit to and complete the N.C. Standard Course of Study as well as the stringent graduation course/credit requirements set by Socrates Academy curriculum through their participation in Honors and Standard Classes, hands-on projects, accredited and meaningful Study Abroad courses, extensive college and career Counseling, College and Advanced Placement courses taken on campus or remotely at higher institutions.

 

We all know that the transition to high school and particularly a student’s enrollment in 9th grade is a major life change that is very important for his/her long-term success. Socrates Academy is a public school choice option that gives parents the opportunity to ensure that their children are attending and belong to a school where they are getting the attention and services they need to improve and successfully face the today’s many world challenges.

We are most thankful and so proud of our scholars’ outstanding achievements and the prestigious academic recognitions and awards that our school received. We are incredibly grateful to our teachers for the strong partnership, love, and commitment for closing achievement gaps, and embodying our school’s mission. And last but not least, we remain extremely thankful for and appreciative to all our school’s benefactors, Board members, partners and volunteers for their great financial gifts, trust, and dedicated support of our Socrates mission over all these years.

 

Looking forward to better and brighter days in 2021, we invite you to join our Socrates Family.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Larry Peroulas, President

Socrates Academy Board of Directors

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Meet Our Board of Directors

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Larry Peroulas, MA, APC

President

Holy Trinity Greek School Principal

 

larry_peroulas@hotmail.com

704-231-2625

Dr. Zoi Philippakos, Ph.D.

Member

Assistant Professor in the Department of Reading & Elementary Education at UNC Charlotte

philippakos@gmail.com

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Antonis Stylianou, Ph.D.
Vice President
Curriculum Programs

Associate Dean for Faculty & Research, Belk College of Business, UNC Charlotte

astylianou@uncc.edu

704-687-7605

Rhonda L. Patterson, Esq.

Member

Founding Attorney, Patterson Law Office, PLLC

rhonda.patterson@offitkurman.com

John Couchell, MPA

VP Extracurricular Programs

jncouchell@gmail.com

 

704-953-4652

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Dr. Brenda Bilal, Ph.D.

Member

Instructor at Central Piedmont Community College

 Ph.D. in Educational Administration

The University of Texas at Austin

brenda.bilal@retiree.cpcc.edu

Karen Gipson, B.S.

Secretary

Association Director of Community Partnership, Corporate
Engagement & Volunteerism

ksgzhope@yahoo.com

Klea Miho, B.A.

Member

Business Development Manager

kmiho@socratesacademy.us

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.

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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;

 

Policymaking

(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.

 

Financial Resources

(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.

 

School Facilities

(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.

 

Judicial

(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.