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Organization

Ridgeline Montessori is organized as a nonprofit organization under the laws of Oregon  and has received tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code. As a nonprofit corporation, the school is managed by a Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors
Ellen Wojahn        Board President
Adrienne Black
Andy McConnell    Secretary / Treasurer
Jen Hornsby
Jennifer Wilson

Meetings: Second Wednesday of each month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

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Board members have the primary responsibility for fulfillment of the school's mission and are legally accountable for its operations.  The School Principal attends all Board meetings but is not a voting member. The Board sets school policies and is fiscally responsible for the school's resources. The Board selects and evaluates the School Principal, who is responsible for the day- to-day operation of the school.

The main Responsibilities of the Board are as follows:
  1. Dealing with the legal and financial operation of the school.
  2. Hiring, evaluating and collaborating with the School Principal in operating the program.
  3. Developing and overseeing budgets.
  4. Maintaining and amending Board of Director's bylaws.
  5. Making long-term plans and ensuring the Board's own succession.
ALL MEETINGS ARE PUBLIC MEETINGS. We are bound by the State of Oregon's Open Meeting Law and its Public Records Law. However, the law (ORS 192.660.(2)(a-i)) provides the board the ability to consider in private certain sensitive matters that should not be general public knowledge. The board is allowed to use the executive session, as needed, to consider:
  • employment of staff members
  • discipline, complaints or charges against employees
  • labor negotiations
  • real property transactions
  • information or records exempt from public inspection
  • legal rights and duties regarding current or pending litigation
  • employment-related performance of any employee who does not request a public hearing

Site Council
Parent Representatives: Ben Brinkley, Jesse Springer and Beth Scott
Board Representative: Adrienne Black
Administration Representative:  Chrystell Reed
Classified Staff Representative:  Emily Kintigh
Certified Staff Representative:  Cheri Spies
Student Representative:  Griffin Allensis

Meetings: As scheduled, monthly =see school calendar

►Site Council Webpage

The Site Council includes representatives from all stakeholder groups: parents, teachers, support staff, and administration.   No more than half of the council may be teachers, and no more than half can be parents at the school.  Each stakeholder group meets on a regular basis to identify areas of concern and suggest agenda items for the full Site Council's consideration.  In this way, the Site Council ensures that everyone involved in the school has a voice in how the school grows, develops and is governed.  No group is able to dominate site council decision-making, because all action decisions are made by consensus. 

The main objectives of the Site Council are as follows:
  1. To provide visionary leadership for the school.
  2. To consider issues pertaining to staffing, enrollment, curriculum, and program development.
  3. To provide a forum for all stakeholder groups. 

Ridgeline Community Organization (The Parent Council)
Co-Conveners:  Emily Naylor and Becky Cacioppi

Meetings: As scheduled, see school calendar.

►RCO Webpage

Every parent or guardian of an enrolled child is automatically a member of the Parent Council.

The main objectives of the Parent Council are as follows:
  1. To enrich the educational and social environment at the school.
  2. To encourage the involvement of parents and community members in the day-to-day activities of the school.
  3. To organize and implement fundraising and volunteerism
  4. To serve as a link between the Site Council and the Ridgeline Montessori community
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