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
Jennifer Baker Chair Teacher June 2022
Pamella Stommes Director Community Member June 2020

Margaret Pitsenbarger

Director Teacher June 2021
Anna Schick Director Community Member June 2022
Lillian Sanchez Director Parent June 2021
Charley Swanson Director Parent June 2020
Orobosa Ero Director Parent June 2021

Kevin Keto

Director Teacher June 2021

Sarah Zosel

Vice Chair Community Member June 2022
Non-voting Members
David Núñez 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.  All teachers and parent/mentors are eligible to serve on the Board of Directors and receive notice of openings each year.  Teachers and parents 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.

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

Board Meeting Minutes

Aug 12, 2019 Sep 9, 2019 Oct 14, 2019
Nov 11, 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Jan 13, 2020
Feb 10, 2020 March 9, 2020 April 13, 2020
May 11, 2020 June 8, 2020

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 2019-2020 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. in the CPA Conference room on the last Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise specified .

2019-2020 Meeting Schedule and Meeting Minutes
Sept 25, 2019 Oct 30, 2019 Nov 20, 2019 (cancelled)
Dec 18, 2019 Jan 29, 2020 Feb 26, 2020
March 25, 2020 April 29, 2020 May 27, 2020

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 2019-2020, 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. in the CPA Conference room on the first Monday of each month, unless otherwise specified.

2019-2020 Meeting Schedule and Meeting Minutes
Sept 16, 2019 Oct 14, 2019 Nov 11, 2019
Dec 9, 2019 Jan 13, 2020 Feb 10, 2020
March 9, 2020 April 13, 2020 May 11, 2020

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. in the CPA Conference room on the first Thursday of each month, unless otherwise specified.

2019-2020 Meeting Schedule and Meeting Minutes
Oct 3, 2019 Nov 7, 2019 Dec 5, 2019
Jan 9, 2019 Feb 6, 2020 March 5, 2020
April 9, 2020 May 7, 2020

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: Cara Quinn
Leadership Consultant
Ex-Officio Member: David Núñez
Executive Director
Member: Bonnie Johnson
District Business Manager
Treasurer: Tim McGowan
High School Principal
President: Jeremy Harvey