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 >>
A Message from the President of Our Board of Directors
Socrates Academy Board of Directors
=== President’s Message ===
Dear Socrates Academy Families:
On behalf of the Board of Directors, please accept our best wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
It has been both a great honor and privilege to continue serving as the President of the Socrates Academy Board of Directors, and a real pleasure that I have done so with the two other original co-founders for 14 years, a supportive and dedicated group of families, faculty, current and past Board members, and other stakeholders.
I would like to take this opportunity to express to you and the entire Socrates Community our heartfelt congratulations on receiving from the U.S. Department of Education the prestigious “High Performing National Blue Ribbon Schools Award,” America’s top honor for Educational Excellence. This is a national recognition that puts our school in the top 1% of all public, charter and private schools in the USA. It is a recognition that affirms the hard work and commitment of our scholars and their families, our teachers, staff, administrators, board members, alumni, and our benefactors in creating a rewarding, safe and welcoming school where students strive for excellence by mastering challenging and engaging content. We should be all very proud of being part of that elite group of schools that stands as an inspiration and a model for schools striving for excellence.
This is an outstanding success. However, looking ahead, we have plenty of room to grow, improve, and reach higher. As we move through this school year, waiting for another milestone, the accreditation by AdvancED, we need to continue instilling a strong sense of "global citizenship" in our scholars, inspire excellence in everyone around us, ensure that our K-8 scholars will continue receiving an exceptionally high quality education, and our school progresses and grows to its fullest potential.
Our success is a work in progress. This school year, we need your 100% commitment and especially your participation in our Annual Fund Campaign. With a goal of $250,000, this Annual Fund Campaign will allow us to fully fund classroom academic enhancements, provide professional development, empower our technology, and create new innovative academic and extracurricular programs and activities for both the elementary and middle school.
This Holiday Season, as you consider your year-end giving, please take a moment to make our K-8 school a priority by participating in our Annual Fund Campaign with any amount you could afford. Anything you are able to give will have a profound impact because of the work it makes possible. Our 100% involvement in our Annual Fund Drive will greatly facilitate our efforts in reaching outside the school, at local and national level, to solicit donors and attract donors who may be willing to match what our school stakeholders will contribute. Success at home will breed success everywhere!.
It takes a village to grow a child. At Socrates Academy it takes a global community to educate a scholar, and it is an exciting time to be a Socrates Owl.
Thank you all for your great interest, support and belief in Socrates Academy.
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
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
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.