Ascent Classical Academy Charter Schools are governed by a board of directors and referred to as the Governing Board.
“To develop graduates in mind and character through a classical, content-rich curriculum that emphasizes the principles of virtuous living, traditional learning, and civic responsibility.”
The Governing Board oversees budgeting and spending, community outreach, charter fidelity, compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and development to support the program. More specific responsibilities of the board include but are not limited to:
Advocacy – Board members serve as ambassadors for the school by clearly protecting and articulating the school’s mission and goals and by garnering the support of the community.
School Leader Support – The board provides input and feedback to the school leader on campus-specific issues and concerns (e.g. school culture, discipline policy, student recruitment, etc.), and supports the headmaster by ensuring they have the moral and professional support needed to further the goals of the school.
Fiscal Accountability – The board participates in the budgeting process each year, providing advice and feedback to the principal; and monitors the management of financial resources by approving the annual budget and ensuring that proper financial controls are in place. The Treasurer provides financial reports, as required in the bylaws, to ensure the board is “hands-on” as it relates to fiscal controls and responsibility.
Development / Fundraising – The board assures there are adequate resources for the school to fulfill its mission by raising funds from the local school community.
Compliance – The board monitors and ensures compliance with the Colorado Department of Education regulatory statutes and other local, state, and federal laws by regularly reviewing school policies, programs, and practices. Additionally, the board reviews school data against charter and charter goals to ensure compliance with the vision, strategies, and objectives identified herein
Other – The board serves as the grievance board for parent and staff concerns that are unable to be resolved by the school leader, and actively recruits new board directors.
In summary, the Board is accountable for the academic, financial, legal, and operational performance for the charter schools it oversees. The Board places responsibility for implementing its policies with the Executive Director of Ascent Classical Academies and the headmasters at each campus, but the Board remains accountable.
Voting members of the Governing Board are:
- Mr. Rob Williams: Board Chair/Treasurer
- Mr. Stephen Gilmartin: Vice-Chair
- Mr. Allen Fuller: Secretary
- Mr. Rick Gillan: Director
- Mr. Steve Peck: Director
Correspondence to the Board should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.