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 2024

Maggie Elenz

Director Teacher June 2024

Orobosa Ero

Director Parent June 2024

Sarah Zosel

Chair and Secretary Community Member June 2022

Shawn Nilsson

Treasurer Parent June 2023

Ker Zeng Moua

Director Community Member June 2023

Edmund Negron

Director Community Member June 2024

Tim McGowan

Executive Director Non-voting Member

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 19th at 6pm.  

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

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.

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.

2021-2022 Meeting Schedule
Sept 29, 2021 Oct 27, 2021 Nov 17, 2021
Dec 15, 2021 Jan 26, 2022 Feb 23, 2022
March 30, 2022 April 27, 2022 May 25, 2022

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 2021-2022, priorities for this committee will include updating the Q-Comp plan, Teacher Performance System for Certified Staff and Special Educators, as well as a curricular review of our PreK-12 Math & Science Curriculum.

Meeting Schedule

The Oversight Committee meets at 5:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month.

2021-2022 Meeting Schedule
Sept 13, 2021 Oct 11, 2021 Nov 8, 2021
Dec 13, 2021 Jan 10, 2022 Feb 14, 2022
March 11, 2022 April 11, 2022 May 9, 2022

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 on the last Thursday of each month.

2021-2022 Meeting Schedule
Sept 30, 2021 Oct 28, 2021 Nov 18, 2021
Dec 16, 2021 Jan 27, 2022 Feb 24, 2022
March 31, 2022 April 28, 2022 May 26, 2022

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.

2021-2022 Meeting Schedule
Sept 2, 2021 Oct 7, 2021 Nov 4, 2021
Dec 2, 2021 Jan 6, 2022 Feb 3, 2022
March 3, 2022 March 31, 2022 May 5, 2022

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
Executive Director
Member: Bonnie Johnson
District Business Manager
Treasurer: Molly Huml
Elementary School Principal
President: Jeremy Harvey

Building Company Meeting Minutes

2020-2021 Meeting Minutes
June 17, 2021


2019-2020 Meeting Minutes
February 10, 2020 July 17, 2019 July 9, 2019


2018-2019 Meeting Minutes
August 4, 2018 October 30, 2018 November 12, 2018
November 19, 2018 December 19, 2018 February 6, 2019
March 6, 2019 April 15, 2019