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ACTION TEAM MINUTES
Meeting 1: March 13, 2003



NAME OF TEAM: Funding Action Team

NAME OF PERSON TAKING MINUTES: Paula Swartzberg

THE DATE, TIME, AND LOCATION OF OUR NEXT MEETING IS:

All Action Teams – March 25, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., DeKalb District Office

Funding Action Team Only - April 2, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Fernbank Science Center

THE NEXT MEETING AGENDA:

1) Identify a Team Recorder

2) Review Strategy Analysis

3) Information Gathering Discussion

i) The historical perspective
ii) Conceptualizing the future
iii) Getting a Fresh Perspective
4) Assignments for research; handouts

5) Calendar for next meetings/timeline/deadline for reporting out of research

TEAM MEMBERS ARE TO PREPARE THE FOLLOWING FOR THE NEXT MEETING:
Names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses of others who should join our team; questions for other teams
WE NEED THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS, EQUIPMENT, ETC. FOR OUR NEXT MEETING:

MINUTES OF MARCH 13 MEETING
Attending: Paula Swartzberg (DCSS), Steve Kimsey (DCSS), Mindy DiSalvo(DCSS), William M. Sudduth (DCSS/Fernbank Science Center), Jim Mullins (DCSS), Alice Rolls (Earthshare), Marlon Hunter (DeKalb Board of Health)

Each member introduced him/herself and his/her organization. The team then reviewed the mission, beliefs, vision, and strategies of the Arabia Mountain Environmental School Project created by the steering committee. Jim Mullins and Steve Kimsey, members of that steering committee, were able to answer questions and give some history of that process. Paula Swartzberg reviewed the Funding Strategy, the action team process, and the roles of the leader and members. It is most important to remember that the team’s responsibility is to create plans for implementation by honoring the strategy as stated and charting a course into the future, without changing the strategy or actually implementing it. As it is important to the process to go through all five stages, she explained the stages and gave a handout delineating them. The stages are:
  • STRATEGY ANALYSIS,
  • INFORMATION GATHERING,
  • MOVING TO ACTION,
  • ACTION PLAN WRITING, and
  • COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS.


The team began the first task of STRATEGY ANALYSIS and discussed how the funding strategy relates to the mission and the objectives of the project. As we discussed how this strategy relates to other strategies, we began to identify questions that we will need to ask in order to proceed with a funding action plan. We will need to interface with other teams: School Board Adoption, Parks and Recreation, Community Outreach, Curriculum, and Site Design and Building. We can begin to do this at the meeting of all action teams on March 25. Other areas of lively discussion included possible charter school status, the importance of the design being state-of-the-art in order to draw funders, the possibility of changing board policy in order to draw revenue from the use of the site, means to bring the community in to use the facility, location and cost of the schools, etc.
The group set the next meeting time for April 2 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Fernbank Science Center. Members were also reminded of the meeting of all action teams on March 25. We will set all other meeting dates at the March 25 meeting. Lastly, members named others who should be part of the team. Jim Mullins suggested Kathy Ashe, Teresa Green-Johnson, and Brad Bryant.