The board of Pride College Prep School met on Oct. 18 at 6:45 p.m. in the conference room of the Main Office Building. Three board members were absent: Lauren Bierbaum, Lisa Tabb, and Janice Piazza. Two teachers and a reporter for The Lens comprised the audience.

Founder and school director Michael Richard, an ex-officio board member, discussed school leader goals. He proposed that next year the board set school leader goals before the August start of the academic year. The board will review the goals and bring any comments to next month’s meeting.

Richard also gave a staffing update. One teacher resigned, but the school was able to re-organize staffing positions and add a special education teacher. Pride and Alkili Academy will share a newly hired nurse.

The attendance rate for 2011-2012 is 95.4%, an improvement over the past two years.

Simone Green, director of the school’s finance and operations, reported that the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved an amendment to the school’s charter that allows an increase in enrollment.

Richard announced the following upcoming events: On Oct. 21, there will be no classes because family conferences
will be all day. Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 is the school’s fall break. Nov. 17 is family reading night on campus.

The next board meeting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Main Office Building.