A New Era of Excellence Rooted in Tradition

2016.04.18

Minutes for the Hebrew Academy of the Capital District Board of Trustees

Meeting April 18, 2016

HACD Board Members: Anna Rosen, Sandy Schuman, Carolyn Levine, Stephen Wrzesinski, Gail Kendall, Steven Kamenir, Suzanna Randall, Rabbi David Eligberg, Paul Mozer, and Simona Leifer, Nathan Graber

Attendees: Julie Pollack

Excused: Rabbi Binyamin Lehrfield, Malka Evan, Moshe Binyamin, Michele Fisher Gomez

  1. Dvar Torah
  2. Minutes from the March Meeting: Motion by Paul Mozer to adopt as corrected second by, Stephen Wrzesinski approved unanimously.
  3. Head of School Report:

The Board reviewed points from the Head of School Report. The HOS assured the Board that the outside sports programs are self-insured.

  1. Parent Engagement Committee: The preliminary results from the parent surveys were presented. There will be a review of the data. The initial analysis of most important items this year indicates that the satisfaction with the school and its offerings The trends from the data are moving in a positive direction. The Board expressed great appreciation that so many families responded to the survey. The group is still reviewing the written comments and finishing analysis of the remaining data. The Board agreed that the HOS will acknowledge and thank parents for their input on the survey. IT was further agreed that the data analysis will be completed and reported on by the HOS at the Annual Meeting.
  2. Finance Committee:
  • The Board reviewed the current monthly budget report.
  • HACD held Endowment Funds were reviewed. There has been a change at Federation as to how they can manage funds moving forward. The Finance Committee will work with the Federation to determine next steps on this and report back.
  • HACD held some stocks in Merck many years ago and may be party to a class action suit. Finance Committee will look into whether we should pursue trying to document this ownership and move forward with joining the class action suit.
  • Proposed 2016-2017 Expense Budget: The Board adopted the proposed expenditures budget of $838,790, motion by Carolyn Levine and Seconded by Paul Mozer, the motion passed unanimously.
  1. Development: Brief update on Shomray Torah was given. Funds have been bequeathed as a donation to HACD and details are forthcoming. The Academy Awards are coming up, all Board members should plan to attend.
  2. Committee on Trustees:

Amendments to Bylaws:

Article IV, Section 3
Current: The Board of Trustees will consist of between 15-25 members of which (a) 8-12 must be duly elected At-Large Trustees, (b) 5 Officers, and (c) the most recent past-President willing to serve who has not been otherwise determined by the Board of Trustees to be ineligible.

Proposed: The Board of Trustees will consist of between 12-20 members
composed of (a) 6-14 duly elected At-Large Trustees, (b) 5 Officers, and
(c) the most recent past-President willing to serve who has not been
otherwise determined by the Board of Trustees to be ineligible.

Passed Unanimously

Article V, Section 7.1
Current: The regular meeting of the Board held on the third Wednesday in
June of each year, or on such date and at a time and place as fixed by the
Board of Trustees, will be the Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Proposed: The regular meeting of the Board held on the third Monday in
June of each year, or on such date and at a time and place as fixed by the
Board of Trustees, will be the Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Passed Unanimously

 

Slate of the Board of Trustees:

The Board discussed and reviewed the proposed slate for the upcoming Board Elections.

 

  1. Good and Welfare

Mazel Tov to Jon and Sarah Koblenz Huz and their families on the birth of a beautiful boy.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:55 PM