Cornerstone Montessori Elementary School Board

CMES Board Meetings During the COVID-19 School Closure

Cornerstone Montessori Elementary School returns to in-person Board and Committee meetings:

  • In person board meetings and committee meetings will be held at the school site at the designated dates/times listed.
  • An electronic meeting method will continue to be available via Zoom.
  • As per our current practice, we will continue to post board and committee meetings on the CMES website and will include information for non-board/committee members on how to join an electronic meeting.


List of Upcoming Meetings:


Topic: CMES Annual Meeting and May 2022 Board Meeting
Time: May 17, 2022 05:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 872 7470 9272

Passcode: 888202







The Board for Cornerstone Montessori Elementary School is the governing entity for our state and federally funded public school program. All the meetings must be open to the public. We will set the dates of our meetings and assure that they are on our website and in our lobby. A book containing board meeting minutes is available in the office. Board members include a teacher, parents, and experts in a variety of fields. The Head of School is a non-voting member of the board. Board terms are 3 years.

Cornerstone Montessori Elementary School Board Members
Board Chair/Treasurer—Jean Melancon,
Board Vice Chair—Julaine Roffers-Agarwal,
Board Secretary—Jessica Goff,
Trustee—Marcus Almon,
Trustee—Maisah Outlaw,
Trustee—Carolyn Ganz,
Trustee—Sarah Stocco,
Trustee (non-voting)—Alyssa Schwartz, Head of School,

Committee Members

Communication and Development:

  •     Carolyn Ganz (Chair),

Finance Committee:

  •     Jean Melancon (Chair), School Board Chair/Treasurer,
  •     Chris Bewell, Director of Business Operations,
  •     Alyssa Schwartz, Head of School,
  •     Joe Aliperto, Business Manager,

Governance Committee:

  •     Julaine Roffers-Agarwal (Chair),
  •     Jean Melancon, School Board Chair,
  •     Chris Bewell, Director of Business Operations,
  •     Maisah Outlaw,

Head of School Evaluation:

  •     Jane Reilly, Head of School Evaluation Committee Chair,
  •     Jean Melancon, School Board Chair,
  •     Molly O'Shaughnessy, Montessori Center of Minnesota, President and Director of Primary Training,
  •     Alyssa Schwartz, Head of School,

Board Meetings
The CMES Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm. Most board meetings follow a standard agenda (see below), however, each meeting's specific agenda will be posted in advance of the meeting and is available at the school. In addition to the regular monthly meetings, the Board's 2021-22 Joint Meeting with the Montessori Center of Minnesota is TBD,  and the CMES Annual Meeting will be May 17, 2022, at 5:30 pm at the school.  The regular May meeting will follow at 6:00 pm.

The Board's standing committees also meet regularly.  The Finance Committee meets the Friday before the Board Meeting each month at 2:00 pm, the Governance Committee meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm, the Communication and Development Committee meetings TBD, and the Head of School Evaluation Committee meets at least quarterly. All meetings occur at the school.

2021-22 Meeting Schedule
August 17
September 21
October 19
November 16
December - NO MEETING
January 18
February 15 - NO MEETING
March 15
April 19
May 17 - Annual Meeting & Board Meeting
June 21 

Standard Board Meeting Agenda

  • Consent Agenda
  • Head of School Report
  • Treasurer's Report including approval of monthly financials
  • Strategic Board Discussion/Board Education
  • Governance Committee Report
  • Director of Business Operations Report
  • Development Committee Report
  • Task Force Updates
  • Board Chair Report