Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the policy-making and long range planning body of the school. The Board also oversees the budget and supervises the work of the Executive Director.  

According to charter school law and the Bylaws of Community of Peace Academy, three teachers, three parents and three community members sit on the Board of Directors. All Directors serve three-year terms. The Board meets monthly and committee work is also required of Directors.

The Executive Director is hired and supervised by the Board, and is a permanent non-voting member.

Board of Directors

Name Title Member Type
Term Expiration

Anna Schick

Director Community Member June 2022

Erin Fiege

Director Teacher June 2022

Kevin Keto

Vice Chair Teacher June 2021

Lillian Sanchez

Director Parent June 2021

Maggie Elenz

Director Teacher June 2021

Orobosa Ero

Director Parent June 2021

Sarah Zosel

Chair and Secretary Community Member June 2022

Shawn Nilsson

Treasurer Parent June 2023

Ker Zeng Moua

Director Community Member June 2023
Non-voting Members

Tim McGowan

Interim Executive Director

Election Process

Elections are run according to the Bylaws of Community of Peace Academy and in compliance with laws governing non-profit charter school boards in the State of Minnesota.  CPA teachers, CPA parents/mentors and members of the community are eligible to serve on the Board of Directors and receive notice of openings each year. Teachers, parents and community members who are interested in serving on the Board are asked to submit their names and a brief statement of intent to the Board Nominating Committee by April 1st.  This year the election will take place at our Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 20th at 6pmHere is a link to the Meeting.

Board Meetings

Board meetings are open meetings; parents and members of the public are welcome to attend. Meeting dates are published on the school calendar and on the school website. As a rule, Board meetings are held from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the Community of Peace Academy Conference Room on the second Monday of each month, August through June. Board meeting minutes are published on the school website following Board approval.

The Board of Directors affords students, staff, parents, guardians and members of the public opportunity for public comment. Please refer to the guidelines for public comment at CPA board meetings.

The Community of Peace Academy website is the official notice board for District #4015. All notices regarding official Board business will be posted here.


Update Regarding Board Meetings – Until Further Notice

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health pandemic and the Executive Orders of the Governor of Minnesota to shelter in place, the Board Chair has determined that the attendance of board members and members of the public at an in-person meeting of the board is neither prudent nor consistent with the shelter in place order.

Therefore, until further notice and in accordance with Minn. Stat. 13D.021, meeting of the Community of Peace Academy Board of Directors will be conducted by video conference at its regularly scheduled time of 6pm. Anyone wishing to attend the meeting may do so by clicking here.

Board Meeting Minutes


Board Committees

Board committees are working committees. They are advisory committees to the Board and as such may influence policy. The Executive Director and at least one Board Member sits on all Board committees. Members of the leadership team and outside consultants with expertise in specific areas may also sit on Board Committees. Board Committees include the Finance Committee, the Schoolwide Program Oversight Committee, and the Facility/Health & Safety Committee.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is charged with ensuring the long-term financial well-being of the school. The Finance Committee meets monthly to review the school’s financial reports and to advise the Board regarding all financial matters, including but not limited to salary, wages and benefits. The Finance Committee also reviews all budget updates and is the body that votes on individual teacher salary negotiations. In 2020-2021 the work of the Finance Committee will include financial planning and oversight for the facility addition.

Meeting Schedule

The Finance Committee meets 5:00 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month.  Until further notice this meeting will be held remotely on Zoom.

2020-2021 Meeting Schedule and Meeting Minutes
Sept 30, 2020 Oct 28, 2020 Dec 2, 2020
Dec 17, 2020 Jan 27, 2021 Feb 24, 2021
March 24, 2021 April 28, 2021 May 26, 2021

Schoolwide Program Oversight Committee

The Oversight Committee provides feedback on state and federal education programs and initiatives, including but not limited to Teacher Evaluation, Title I School Wide Plan, the World’s Best Workforce and Q-Comp. In 2020-2021, priorities for this committee will include updating the Q-Comp plan, Teacher Performance System for Certified Staff and approving modifications to the Teacher Performance System for Special Educators.

Meeting Schedule

The Oversight Committee meets at 5:00 p.m. on the first Monday of each month.  Until further notice this meeting will be held remotely on Zoom.

2020-2021 Meeting Schedule and Meeting Minutes
Aug, 10, 2020 Sept 14, 2020 Oct 12, 2020
Nov 9, 2020 Dec 14, 2020 Jan 11, 2021
Feb 8, 2021 March 8, 2021 April 12, 2021
May 10, 2021

Mission and Policy Committee

The work of the Mission and Policy Committee is to help focus the work of our entire district on our mission. This committee will seek, analyze, and reflect upon evidence related to student performance and growth in the areas of academic excellence, relationships, and peace in order to improve the outcomes of all students and improve our student’s learning experience. This committee will lead the initiative to update our Strategic Plan. Also, this committee sets up a schedule for the regular review of school policy over the course of each school year and submits updated policies to the board for approval.

Meeting Schedule

The Mission and Policy Committee meets at 3:00 p.m. Until further notice this meeting will be held remotely on Zoom.

2020-2021 Meeting Schedule and Meeting Minutes
Oct 29, 2020 Nov, 19, 2020 Dec 15, 2020
Jan 28, 2021 Feb 25, 2021 March 25, 2021
April 22, 2021 June 3, 2021

Facility/Health & Safety Committee

The Facility/Health and Safety Committee oversees the care and maintenance of our buildings and grounds, and health and safety procedures to ensure the well-being of our students and staff.

Meeting Schedule

The Facility/Health&Safety Committee meets at 7:00 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Until further notice this meeting will be held remotely on Zoom.

2020-2021 Meeting Schedule and Meeting Minutes
Oct 8, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 Nov 5, 2020
Dec 3, 2020 Jan 7, 2021 Feb 4, 2021
March 4, 2021 April 1, 2021 May 6, 2021
June 3, 2021

Building Company Members/Minutes

The Community of Peace Building Company (the Building Company) is a Minnesota nonprofit organization classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, that owns the CPA school building and leases it to the Academy, in accordance with MN Statutes 124E.13 Subd. 3, 7a. Affiliated nonprofit building corporation.

Building Company Members

Ex-Officio Member: Tim McGowan
Interim Executive Director
Member: Bonnie Johnson
District Business Manager
Treasurer: Molly Huml
Elementary School Principal
President: Jeremy Harvey