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April 23, 2019

April 2019 Minutes


Belton Preparatory Academy Board of Trustees




Chris Cauley


6:00 p.m.


BPA Conference Room


Angie King


Deirdre McCullough, Chris Cauley, Donelle Millwood, Angie King, Jordan Denmark, and James Galyean.

Public Attendees

Danielle Owens, Lily Shalom, and Vadim Vicnyak




Key Points Discussed





Call to Order

Meeting called to order at 6:12 p.m.



Invocation led by Jordan Denmark


Pledge of Allegiance

All members and attendees stood for the Pledge of Allegiance


Freedom of Information Act Compliance

The meeting is in full compliance with the Freedom of Information Act



The agenda was approved by James Galyean; Angie King 2nd. Motion carries.

Minutes approved by Donelle Millwood; Jordan Denmark 2nd. Motion to approve minutes carried.


Public Comments

No public comment



Volunteer of the Year is Miranda Bolt. She will be recognized at the May 3rd banquet in Columbia that is sponsored by the Charter Institute

Student of the Year is Vadim Vicnyak. Vadim is a second grader who demonstrated growth and leadership and the greatest transformation among his classmates this academic year. He will receive an award at the banquet in Columbia on May 3rd.

Teacher of the Year is Danielle Owens. Danielle serves as a reading coach, but she has demonstrated leadership and exemplifies all of the qualities of an excellent teacher. She also volunteered to map BPA’s curriculum with the state’s standards. Danielle will also attend the banquet in Columbia on May 3rd.


Appointment of New Board Member

One new member needs to be appointed to the Board. The Board members will continue to discuss a potential member in the May meeting.


March Financials

Members of the Board were briefed on the budget by Deirdre McCullough.


P&I Year I Budget Update

Board members were updated by Deirdre McCullough P&I Year I budget amendment updated. Eureka math has been ordered to use during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Year I P&I budget will close April 30, 2019.

2019-2020 academic year will be the last year BPA will utilize P&I grant money.   


Board Public Comment Protocol and Procedures

Deirdre McCullough recommends the Board adopt a standard policy for guests in attendance of Board meetings. Motion to approve the Board Public Comment Protocol and Procedures made by Donelle Millwood; James Galyean 2nd. Motion carries.


Board Updates

Meet-in-greet: May 20 at 6:30 BPA will host a picnic after school to include the families of current students and potential new students.

Modular Units: Two modular units have been ordered and projected to be on the property end of June to be used beginning 2019-2020 academic school year.

May Calendar: Calendar of events provided to Board members. All Board members encouraged to attend any event listed on the calendar. Charlie and Kelli will be here the week of July 15 to provide training on Core Knowledge.


2019-2020 Projected Budget (1st Reading)

The projected budget for the 2019-2020 was reviewed. BPA will receive Title 1 funding beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year.

At this time all classes are at maximum capacity and all advertising has ceased. Enrollment packets are due this week.

New student applications:


1st- 10. Total of 29 for the next academic

If there are 25 students there will be an assistance in the classroom with 5-6 students on the waiting list.

2nd- 12. Total of 17 with a waiting list of 5-6.

3rd- 15. Total of 25, uncertain of the number on waiting list.

To split the first grade class there will need to be a room large enough to accommodate the class.

Discussion of purchasing a 10 classroom building began to accommodate future enrollment.


Executive Session Personnel- Recommendations for Employment


Motion to move into the executive session made by Donelle Millwood; James Galyean 2nd.

Prospective hires discussed by the Board. Kindergarten will have one possibly two vacancies for the 2019-2020 academic year. One teacher has been hired and the second position will be validated Wednesday, April 23, 2019. Christina Matasavage and Erica Shuler were discussed by the Board Members. Motion to hire both teachers by James Galyean; Donelle Millwood 2nd. Motion carries.

If first grade remains at 25 in the classroom, the intention is to place an assistant in the classroom.

Salaries will be discussed further in the May Board meeting.


Miscellaneous from the Board

The Board will again discuss developing a ‘No Nit’ policy


Next Meeting




Motion by Donelle Millwood to move into recess at 8:13 p.m.; Angie King 2nd. Meeting adjourned.