2. Oregon Department of Education has reviewed our application and deemed it acceptable to begin mediation with PPS. This process will start at the beginning of June.
3. The grant we received last year from the Oregon Department of Education has changed its phasing cycle. The short story is that we now have access to $55,000.00 of grant funding, instead of the original $25,000.00, until the application has been approved. Because the additional funds are available, the Emerald board has decided to begin several processes to further develop our proposal, our education plan, and our board development. We are beginning to do the following items with some of the additional funding.
A. Contract with a grant developer to begin searching and potentially applying for grant money to further assist us with having a solid financial plan.
B. Begin the search for a "community organizer." The organizer will help us focus our plan and keep our process rolling in a positive direction, gaining momentum and strength.
C. Search and enroll in curriculum and education courses related to community and inquiry based education to further develop our understandings of this work.
D. Search and enroll in board development courses to assist us in having a stronger board.
We look forward to continuing our work with PPS and we are excited to receive your support in that. We would like to increase the number of people we have on our development teams. If you have experience in, or an an interest in, curriculum development or planning, community outreach, financial planning, or marketing, we would welcome your expertise. Additionally, Emerald is seeking local organizations and businesses that will partner with us; please let us know if you are involved in or have contact with potential Emerald community partners.
If you are interested in joining our efforts in a more hands-on way, please email us at email@example.com
Emerald Charter School Board