Cherokee Charter discusses school reports, updating HVAC systems
by Michelle Babcock
October 24, 2013 12:00 AM | 2388 views | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — The Cherokee Charter Academy Local Governance Council met Wednesday to discuss options for updating the school’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and hear school reports during the regular meeting of the board of directors.

Ron LaFoy, HVAC manager with Charter Schools USA, explained there were two companies and each had two different options for the school to consider — a complete replacement or a partial replacement.

“I had some testing done and we’re being able to maintain temperature and airflow. But the biggest thing we have is the controls are not operating,” LaFoy said. “We have some equipment that is very old.”

The meeting was attended by all local board members, including Chairwoman Heather Blevins, Larry Blasé, Dudley Wass, Johnathan Pfohl, Sean Jerguson and Byron Greene. Danny Dukes was tele-conferenced into the meeting, as well as multiple CSUSA representatives.

The governing board voted to wait on presenting the September financials, because of differences in the enrollment numbers presented by the principal and numbers presented by CSUSA.

Jerguson and Dukes explained that, in order for revenue and enrollment projections to be accurate in future reports, it is essential to have correct enrollment numbers in the financial report for September.

“I noticed that discrepancy right off,” Jerguson said. “We can’t approve this budget unless we have correct numbers.”

Jerguson asked the issue be noted in the CSUSA minutes for the meeting, to make sure it was corrected in the future.

Blevins agreed, and the board voted to present both the September and October financial reports at its next meeting after the correction was made.

LaFoy said the biggest problem with the school’s HVAC system was the controls were failing, and it was an “outdated” system.

He suggested a new system that would allow CSUSA, the Florida-based education company’s headquarters, to control the HVAC system at Cherokee Charter. LaFoy suggested this would allow for possible savings of as much as $1,000 a month.

“I had two companies come in and give us some budget numbers to change the controls ... which will allow us in corporate office ... to monitor 24/7,” LaFoy explained.

LaFoy suggested the board choose ConServ Building Services install the upgrades to the school’s system, and recommended the option to replace the complete system, including integration into the Fort Lauderdale corporate office, because it would be a “long-term solution.”

The board decided to review the school building lease to see what funding options might be available. They agreed to look over the lease and make a determination about which option to move forward with at their next meeting in December.

John Rogers, a CCA athletics spokesman, gave a report on the school’s athletics.

“We just finished up the fall volleyball program with the girls. They had 29 girls participate, those were middle school girls, and they had two teams.”

Rogers said the students on the girls’ volleyball teams played 22 matches and about 75 percent were playing volleyball for their first time.

“They’ll celebrate, their end of the season celebration is Oct. 27, and hopefully this will be a good foundation to continue a volleyball program,” Rogers said.

CCA students are participating in a middle school running club, which will conclude in November with a community run in the area, and proceeds would go to set a foundation for a future running club or cross country team, Rogers said.

Rogers said there were more than 200 CCA basketball players, including 192 on recreation teams and 23 competitive players.

CCA Principal Dr. Scott O’Prey gave a report on the school, and said staff and team leaders have been working on a new vision and mission statement.

“Putting students first through character, challenge and accountability,” the new vision read.

O’Prey said the mission statement was updated to include leadership, as the school hopes to develop future leaders.

“CCA will develop in its students a passion and curiosity necessary to become life learners and future leaders while instilling core community values, strong character ethics and a commitment to excellence,” the new mission statement read.

O’Prey said a newly installed fence had almost tripled the space for students around the playground area, and that CCA got around $2,400 from a community grant from Target Store’s Give with Target program.

The next meeting will be in December, and starts at 7 p.m. The meeting was scheduled for Dec. 2, but Blevins said she believed that was a misprint and the meeting is actually scheduled for Dec. 4.
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No control
October 24, 2013
Charter schools are supposed to give parents more control. How many times do we hear about a rule or a decision "from corporate." And now they dont want the teachers and principal to even be able to change the temperature in the classroom?
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