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About The Board

The CHCS Board is an elected board of Fulton County volunteers who govern the school. It's their job to recruit, hire and evaluate our senior staff, build and maintain policy at the school, and ensure that the school remains anchored to its charter and its commitments to Fulton County and the State of Georgia. 


Board Meetings & Minutes

Our board is committed to openness, collaboration, and participation with our community. Our board meets on the first Monday of every month at 7pm, unless that Monday is a holiday or during a school break. Then the meeting is usually the following Monday. All meetings are open to the public, and have a public comment period for members of our community to address the board. Meetings are held at the school campus. The board may also, from time to time, call for special meetings. 


CHCS Governing Board Meetings & Minutes (June 2017 to June 2018)

Meetings Begin at 7:00pm at the School


June 26, 2017

July 17, 2017

August 14, 2017

September 18, 2017

October 16, 2017

November 13, 2017

December 11, 2017

January 22, 2018

February 12, 2018

March 12, 2018

April 16, 2018

May 7, 2018

June 25, 2018


Board Meeting Minutes and Agendas


Committees & Minutes


Academic Excellence Committee - Tyler (Chair), Warren (Vice-Chair) , Ms. Rodney, Ms. Jones, Asher

The Academic Excellence Committee provides appropriate board oversight of the academic program by ensuring that the school’s educational program is positively impacting student achievement and by raising strategic academic issues for board discussion. The Academic Excellence Committee, chaired by a board member, will meet as often as necessary to conduct its work, but typically at least quarterly.

August Academic Excellence Committee Meeting Notes

September Academic Excellence Committee Meeting Notes

October Academic Excellence Committee Meeting and Notes

November Academic Excellence Committee Meeting and Notes

Executive Committee - Knox, Vice Chair, Lachauna, Tim

The Executive Committee is chaired by the Board Chair. Its two primary responsibilities are to act on behalf of the board on urgent issues when the full board is not able to meet, and to lead the performance evaluation process for the school eader. (The bylaws must articulate that the Executive Committee has the authority to do the former.) The limitations of the Executive Committee’s authority (which are typically noted in the bylaws) include: 1. Dissolution of the institution, 2. Mergers, 3. Hiring or firing of the school leader, 4. Electing or removing board members, 5. Amending the bylaws, 6. Approving or changing the budget, 7. Eliminating or adding major programs, 8. Resolving Grievances
The Executive Committee is comprised of the Board Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and the School Leader, who serves ex-officio. The Executive Committee meets only as needed, but a minimum of two times per year. The Executive Committee can meet in executive session without the school leader when it so chooses, e.g., when leader evaluation is being addressed. Only committee members and invited guests may attend Executive Committee meetings. Minutes of Executive Committee meetings are shared promptly with the full board of directors to ensure transparency and to keep board members well informed. If the Executive Committee makes significant decisions, the full board will be informed within 24 hours and the decision will be ratified by the full board at the next board meeting.

External Affairs & Communications Committee - Kiki (Chair), Leslie (Foundation), Michelle (PTO)

The External Affairs & Communications Committee will support overall comprehensive marketing and communications strategy. Partner with staff to oversee a consistent and active communication strategy to all stakeholders for the purposes of program messaging, fundraising, awareness and branding. ensure the board builds strong and strategic relationships with stakeholders through the integration of the organization’s education,
public relations, and public policy activities.


Facilities Committee - Shadeed (CHair), Chaz, Stacie

The Facilities Committee shall serve as a resource to the Administration and will report to the Board of Trustees through the Facilities Chair Report.

Finance Committee - Tim (Chair), Chaz, Ms. Jones, Asher

The Finance Committee, chaired by a board member (usually the Treasurer), will meet as often as necessary to conduct its work, at minimum before every board meeting. Its purpose is to provide appropriate board oversight of school finances, ensure accurate and comprehensive financial reporting to the board, and raise strategic financial issues for board discussion. 

April 2017 Meeting Notes


Governance Committee - Abby (Chair), April (Vice-Chair), Lachauna, Knox

The Governance Committee is the committee of the board, by the board, and for the board. Its primary responsibility is to ensure the board is governing effectively and revitalizing itself. It is the responsible for providing leadership for board education, ensuring a strategically composed board is in place to govern the institution, nominating candidates for officer positions and committee membership, nominating and orienting new board members, ensuring an effective governance structure, and ensuring an effective board self assessment process.

September Meeting Notes


Strategic Planning Committee - Knox (Chair), April, Asher

The Committee on Strategic Planning develops effective approaches to long-range planning for the school. The committee should be an advocate for and play a leadership role in long-range planning and should promote a long-term commitment to keeping all school stakeholders involved and informed.


Board Members

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Knox Phillips—Board Chair

Knox serves as Executive Director at the Office of Research, Assessment, and Grants at DeKalb County School District


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Tim Cailloux—Board Treasurer

Tim works with Slalom Consulting as Customer Care & Operations Management Executive, specializing in Technology Solutions, Account Management, & Financial Analysis


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LaChauna Edwards—Board Secretary

Lachauna is General Attorney at U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights


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Dr. Warren Edwards—Trustee (Parent)

Dr. Edwards is an Instructional Coach at Atlanta Public Schools


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Shadeed Abdul-Salaam—Trustee

Shadeed is a STEM fellow with Woodrow Wilson Foundation, teaching High School Science at Banneker High School. Shadeed formerly served on the board of the CHCS Foundation.


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Abby Corbett, JD—Trustee 

Abby is a Shareholder in the Litigation Department at Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.


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Kiki Lawrence—Trustee (Parent)

Kiki has 25+ years experience as a communications professional at Dentons US LLP, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, and others. She worked closely with senior management of a global law firm, a global ad agency and a global telecommunications company to grow and improve their marketing communications programs and strategy. 


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April Ledom—Trustee

April is Director of Talent Management at Coxe Curry & Associates


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Dominique Love—Trustee (Parent)

Dominique is CEO of IWSC Group of North America, and the founder of the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival


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Dr. Deb Rosenstein—Trustee

Dr. Rosenstein is an associate professor of education at Mercer University. She has also served as a university supervisor, assistant professor and coordinator, assistant chair and department chair at Tift. 


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Dr. Tyler S. Thigpen—Trustee (Parent)

Dr. Thigpen is a co-founder of CHCS and currently a Partner at Transcend, a national nonprofit focused on accelerating innovation in the core design of school.


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Submit Grievance to the Governing Board

Chester Asher, MT, MPA, JD—Trustee (Ex Officio)

Asher is the Executive Director of CHCS 


Board Committees

Academic Excellence Committee

Executive Committee

Finance Committee

Governance Committee

External Affairs and Communication Committee

Strategic Planning Committee

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