Thursday, November 01, 2007

Great Schools Partnership Operation

The Great Schools Partnership has a prescribed Board of Trustees. The membership of the Trustees is located in the Trust Agreement and the officers and their duties are located in the By-Laws. Earlier this summer Brian's Blog requested a copy of the Trust agreement and by-laws from Cheryl Kershaw, the director of the Great Schools Partnership. Cheryl Kershaw has been very helpful and forthcoming.

About 4 weeks ago, Brian's Blog requested a copy of all the minutes from the GSP for a determined period of time and Cheryl Kershaw supplied them to us. Again Cheryl Kershaw being helpful and forthcoming.

At the same time, we submitted a question to the current Knox County Council PTA President Nancy Meyer. In refusing to answer the question, she asked why we were asking. We responded, she refused to provide the information. We obtained the information from other sources.

The Knox County Council PTA President from July 1, 2007 - current is Nancy Meyer. The President from July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2007 was Anne Haston. The President from July 1, 2004 - June 30, 2006 was Karen Davis.

So what is the issue?

Karen Davis has for the past 16 months participated and continues to participate on the GSP Board casting votes and attending at times that maintains a quorum. The position on the board is for the President of the Knox County Council PTA. The trust agreement does not allow for an appointee of the President. The agreement stipulates that the position is only the President's.

The problem probably occured because someone simply didn't want to have a confrontation to inform Karen Davis that she is ineligible to continue serving. However, Ms. Davis actions has potentially left the GSP open to every decision that has been made the past 16 months.

I believe that a move will be made soon to attempt to correct this problem for Ms. Davis and the GSP.

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