GREEN Charter Schools


GREEN Charter Schools Board Meeting

GREEN Upstate High School, FLEX LAB #1, 356 Bridgeway Blvd Simpsonville, SC 29681

Thursday, April 11 2024

6:00pm - 7:30pm EDT

If you wish to contribute a public comment email your names to before 3:00 PM ET Thursday


  1. Welcome/Opening Remarks
    6:00 pm EDT
  2. Public Comments (limited to three minutes per speaker, thirty minutes in total)
  3. Approval of Agenda
  4. Approval of Minutes from March 14, 2024
  5. Celebrate GREEN
    1. Student Successes (Bobby Rollins)
  6. Committee Reports
    1. Governance Committee
    2. Finance Committee
    3. Infrastructure & Growth Committee
    4. Personnel Committee
  7. Old Business
  8. New Business
    1. 2024-27 Strategic Plan (Tom Cronin)- Possible Action Item
  9. Executive Director Update (Tom Cronin)
    1. Enrollment Update
    2. Promotions and Graduation Dates
  10. Adjournment

Minutes Tab

Welcome/Opening Remarks

April 11, 2024 Meeting started at 6:03 pm.  Mandy Townes, Board Chair, welcomed everyone who joined the meeting at GREEN Upstate High School, and virtually.   Ms. Townes reminded all attendees of the rules with regard to public comments.  Ms. Townes announced that on April 10, 2024, Board Member Brittany Arsiniega resigned her position due to family commitments.  The Board wished her well and thanked her for her contributions to the Board.  The Board operate as a seven person Board until the Governance Committee discusses whether someone will be appointed to her seat until the election held in the fall.

Mandy Townes, present
Trishka Hornbeck, present
Laurel Wiles, present
Michael Brown, present
Tracy Kramer, present remotely
Gary Evans, present remotely 
Dr. Imtiaz Haque, absent (joined remotely later during the meeting)
Tom Cronin, present
Bobby Rollins, present

Public Comments (limited to three minutes per speaker, thirty minutes in total)

Ms. Townes announced that three people have requested to speak.  Each speaker is entitled to three minutes, and reviewed the rules.  

The first speaker was Melissa Hester.  Ms. Hester spoke regarding her principalship at GREEN Spartanburg, and relayed some memories of her interactions with GREEN Spartanburg staff, stakeholders, and students.
The second speaker was Jacob Hester.  Mr. Hester spoke on behalf of Ms. Hester regarding her principalship at GREEN Spartanburg.
The third speaker was Kym Williams.  Ms. Williams spoke on behalf of Ms. Hester regarding her principalship at GREEN Spartanburg.

Approval of Agenda

Motion to Approve - Ms. Hornbeck

Second - Ms. Kramer

Approved 6:0

Approval of Minutes from March 14, 2024

Motion to Approve - Mr. Brown

Second - Ms. Hornbeck

Approved 6:0

Celebrate GREEN

Student Successes (Bobby Rollins)

Mr. Rollins announced that the Rho Kappa National Honor Society chapter at GREEN Upstate High School is being celebrated at this meeting.  He explained what the group does, and introduced the leader of the GUHS Chapter, Chris Watts.  Mr. Watts indicated that the chapter now has 62 members, and highlighted many of the students' accomplishments, and wonderful contributions and service to GREEN and the community.  Mr. Watts also acknowledged some of the student leaders within the chapter, and some of the upcoming goals of the chapter.   The students' dedication, enthusiasm, and hard work was acknowledged and greatly appreciated.  

Committee Reports

Governance Committee

Ms. Townes indicated that the committee met on March 28.  The members are Ms. Townes, Ms. Wiles, Dr. Haque, and Mr. Cronin.  The committee discussed the strategic plan, increasing Board engagement, and the Simpsonville campus.

Finance Committee

Ms. Townes indicated that committee met on March 21.  The committee discussed enrollment projection and budget development for the 2024-25 school year, the Net Suite implementation and partnership with Copper Advisors.

Infrastructure & Growth Committee

Ms. Wiles indicated the committee discussed pursuing a site for a GREEN Taylors K-8 campus.

Personnel Committee

Ms. Wiles indicated the committee had not met so there was no report.

Old Business

Ms. Townes indicated that there is no outstanding old business.

New Business

2024-27 Strategic Plan (Tom Cronin)- Possible Action Item

Mr. Cronin outlined GREEN's mission and vision, process goals, super goals, achievement summary, and some of GREEN's next steps.  Following the presentation, the Board agreed to further review the Strategic Plan and table the vote until the May Board Meeting.

Executive Director Update (Tom Cronin)

Enrollment Update

Mr. Cronin presented the most recent enrollment and wait list information.

Promotions and Graduation Dates

Mr. Cronin provided the Kindergarten, 5th and 8th grade promotion dates, and the GUHS graduation date.


Motion to Adjourn - Ms. Hornbeck

Adjourned at 6:52 pm.

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