Hello from the Cornerstone Montessori Elementary School Board!

October 2017

Hello from the Cornerstone Montessori Elementary School Board!  This is the first of a monthly column that we hope will provide you with an understanding of the ongoing work of the board and keep you informed on important and timely topics. As a public charter school in Minnesota, CMES is required to have a school board elected by the parents and staff of the elementary school.  Our primary responsibility is to oversee the organizational and financial health of the school and to ensure that Cornerstone has the resources and the support it needs to fulfill its mission to provide a high quality, AMI recognized Montessori education for children here on St Paul’s East Side. 

Our priorities for the year ahead include establishing a successful fundraising program, strengthening our connection to the East Side community, and completing a successful search for Cornerstone’s next Head of School.  As a fellow Cornerstone parent, I know that our search for Liesl’s successor is uppermost in your mind.  After a summer of review and preparation, we are finalizing the joint CMES and MCM Head of School Search Committee and process and our work will begin in earnest at the end of October.  We are committed to a transparent, inclusive process that includes meaningful opportunities for parent and staff participation as well as regular communication with the Cornerstone community.   We welcome your questions, observations, and concerns regarding the search process.  Please feel free to reach out to me at any time.

The full CMES Board meets on the third Tuesday of the month and committees have standing monthly meetings as well.  The full schedule can be found on the website along with meeting minutes and agendas.  All of our meetings are open to the public and you are welcome to join us at any time. 

Many thanks for your support of Cornerstone.

Best regards,

Liz Coenen

Board Chair


Parent (Daniel, 5th year, Forest)

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