Vision school board president resigns

The Mesa Valley Vision Home and Community Program Board of Stewards has many changes to consider over the next few months.

Following the resignation this week of the board’s president, Kim Howard, one of the most pressing changes will be finding her replacement and possibly others. The district home-schooling program’s bylaws require no fewer than six people serve on the now-four member board.

Work will begin immediately for a newly formed Stewardship Nomination Committee consisting of Vision Board Stewards Jennifer Prieto and Zoe Grimes, Vision parents Adam Cochran and Sheri Ballard, and Vision Director Susan Scofield. The committee will attempt to recruit new board stewards, start scheduling interviews with candidates June 1, and welcome candidates to attend the board’s July 10 meeting, board member Alan Espinoza said. Current stewards plan to vote to add candidates to the board in August or September.

Howard said Wednesday she resigned because her three-year term on the board is up. When asked if recent events, such as Vision parents requesting her resignation over questions about how the board operates meetings and why the board changed its bylaws last year to allow stewards to serve indefinitely, affected her decision to resign, Howard replied, “No, not really.”

The board plans to vote in July whether to change its bylaws to allow stewards to serve two consecutive three-year terms before taking a break from the board.

The board also discussed at a meeting Tuesday whether to amend another bylaw change that allowed the board to have a minimum of six members and a maximum of 11 members. The rule may change to a minimum of five members and a maximum of nine or 11 members.

Other changes following parent speculation about board processes were evident at Tuesday’s meeting, including an executive session taking place at the end of the meeting in compliance with Colorado Open Meetings Law rather than before the meeting, as had been the custom for two years.

Illene Roggensack, a local consultant who has been working with the board for months, presented a priority list of potential changes Tuesday that in part suggested the board implement new personnel policies, fine-tune bylaws, better define the role of the school’s parent advisory committee, review the process for appointing new stewards, follow Colorado Open Meetings Law, create policies for board communication and conflicts of interest, and improve agenda-setting and meeting minute-keeping practices.


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