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Board Elections

ACSM works with the Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina each year to ensure the proper steps are followed for our annual Board of Directors elections. Elections occur each February and candidates are voted on by staff members and parents. 

Our next election for the Board of Directors will be held on February 26. The elections occur electronically through a unique emailed link. There is a computer available at Allegro for anyone who needs assistance. 

We are currently looking for candidates for the upcoming elections. 

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Dec. 6, 2018

Good afternoon, Allegro parents,

The holidays are upon us and a new year is on the horizon. This means that very soon we will be holding an election for the Allegro Board of Directors, and I am asking that you consider serving.

Since its inception, our school has been blessed with a governing body committed to our mission of producing inspired thinkers and creative members of society through the infusion of music into an academically challenging environment. As we approach the final months of the school year, it’s time to begin planning for the election of three new board members. 

The terms for three of our current board members will conclude in March, and we will hold an election on Feb 26 to fill these seats. The election occurs electronically through a unique emailed link. There is a computer available at Allegro for anyone who needs assistance.

I want to encourage you to consider whether you or anyone you know would be willing to serve as a parent or community board member. While anyone who is interested may apply and no particular experience is required, we especially need people with strong ties to Charleston, and/or a background in finance, accounting, law, education, fundraising, public relations, or business administration. 

If you are interested, please use this link to submit your application. The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m.

I am including FAQs that will help in answering questions you might have about the duties and expectations of being a board member. If you have additional questions, feel free to email me at andylyons4@gmail.com

Thank you so much for entrusting Allegro Charter School of Music with your child’s education. 

Sincerely,

Andy Lyons

Chairman of the Allegro Charter School of Music Board of Directors

FAQs

What are some of the Governing Board responsibilities?
•    Uphold the mission and purpose of Allegro Charter School of Music

•    Develop and approve contracts
•    Ensure compliance with federal, state and local law requirements
•    Support the school principal and review his or her performance
•    Ensure effective organizational planning
•    Develop and evaluate strategic plans for the school
•    Ensure adequate resources and facilities and manage them effectively
•    Ensure financial stability and monitor and approve annual budgets
•    Determine and monitor the school’s policies, programs, and services
•    Serve as an emissary of the school to the broader community
Note: It is not the role of the Board to run the day-to-day operations of the school for which the Principal is responsible. 

 
Who is on the Governing Board?
•    The Board is comprised of (7) members who are either parents of currently enrolled students or community members who are not parents or guardians or relatives of currently enrolled students or staff.

What is the term of a board member? Allegro Board members serve 2-year terms.

What is the timeline?
Jan. 1-Feb. 1: Applicant solicitation - Application deadline is Friday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m.
Feb. 26: Voting
March 4: Announcement of elected board members.

March 11: First Board of Directors meeting

What is the time commitment involved in being a Board member?
•    General meetings are typically held every second Monday of each month, including summer months.
•    Meetings usually last 1.5-2 hours.
•    You must attend a board training seminar conducted by the South Carolina Association of Public Charter Schools. This seminar is one day, usually on a Saturday, prior to the new board term. 
•    Several hours are spent between meetings to conduct research, review literature, budget reports, policies and procedures as needed.
•    There may be additional meetings, such as emergency meetings, special meetings, etc. as deemed necessary by the Board.

What are the benefits of being on the Governing Board?
•    Being involved! Instead of wondering why things are done the way they are, get involved and have a say.
•    It is a chance to be part of the decision-making process at Allegro and see firsthand how the school operates.
•    A behind-the-scenes look at the immense effort, thought, and dedication put forth by Allegro faculty, staff, and volunteers past and present; which makes you proud and happy to be part of the team. 
•    The satisfaction of taking an active role in your child’s education; in promoting accountability and choice in public education.

How do I apply? How do I get more information?
•   Please submit your application using this link. If you have additional questions, feel free to email andylyons4@gmail.com


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