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Cornerstone Montessori Elementary School Board

The Board for Cornerstone Montessori Elementary School is the governing entity for our state and federally funded public school program. All the meetings must be open to the public. We will set the dates of our meetings and assure that they are on our website and in our lobby. A book containing board meeting minutes is available in the office. Board members include a teacher, parents, and experts in a variety of fields. The Head of School is a non-voting member of the board. Board terms are 3 years.

Cornerstone Montessori Elementary School Board Members
Board Chair/Treasurer—Jean Melancon,
Board Vice Chair—Julaine Roffers-Agarwal,
Board Secretary—Jessica Goff,
Trustee—Marcus Almon,

Trustee—Maisah Outlaw,
Trustee—Carolyn Ganz,
Trustee—Sarah Stocco,

Trustee (non-voting)—Alyssa Schwartz, Head of School,

Committee Members

Communication and Development:

Finance Committee:

Governance Committee:

Head of School Evaluation:

Board Meetings
The CMES Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm. Most board meetings follow a standard agenda (see below), however, each meeting's specific agenda will be posted in advance of the meeting and is available at the school. In addition to the regular monthly meetings, the Board's 2020-21 Joint Meeting with the Montessori Center of Minnesota is TBD,  and the CMES Annual Meeting will be May 18, 2021, at 5:30 pm at the school.  The regular May meeting will follow at 6:00 pm.

The Board's standing committees also meet regularly.  The Finance Committee meets the Friday before the Board Meeting each month at 3:00 pm, the Governance Committee meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm, the Communication and Development Committee meetings TBD, and the Head of School Evaluation Committee meets at least quarterly. All meetings occur at the school.

2020-21 Meeting Schedule

July - no meeting
August 18 - Meeting Agenda
September 15 - Meeting Agenda
October 20 - Meeting Agenda
November 17 - Meeting Agenda
December 15 - Meeting Agenda
January 19 - Meeting Agenda
February 16
March 16
April 20
May 18 - Annual Meeting & Board Meeting
June 22


CMES Board Moves to Electronic Meetings During the COVID-19 School Closure


Cornerstone Montessori Elementary School Board will implement the following procedures, effective immediately:

  • In person board meetings and committee meetings are currently not practical due to the restrictions imposed upon us as a result of COVID-19.  We will continue with electronic meetings until further notice.
  • Our preferred electronic meeting method will be via Google Hangouts.
  • As per our current practice, we will continue to post board and committee meetings on the CMES website and will include information for non-board/committee members on how to join an electronic meeting.


Links for Upcoming Meetings


CMES School Board Monthly Meeting

Topic: CMES January 2021 School Board Meeting
Time: Jan 19, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 982 1772 8080
Passcode: GE2WvC


CMES Governance Committee Meeting 

Topic: CMES Governance Committee January 2021 Meeting
Time: Jan 26, 2021 05:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 985 7341 4302
Passcode: SC1g79


Standard Board Meeting Agenda

Call Meeting to Order
Public Comment Period – Comments limited to 3 minutes per person
Acceptance of Minutes from previous month’s meeting
Treasurer’s Report and Review of Financials
Board Chair Report
Governance Committee Report
Development Committee Report
Director of Business Operations
Head of School Report
Strategic Board Discussion/Board Education
Other Business
Suggested Agenda Items for Next Month



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