Cornerstone Montessori Elementary School Board

CMES Board Moves to Electronic Meetings During the COVID-19 School Closure

Cornerstone Montessori Elementary School will implement the following procedures, effective immediately:

  • In person board meetings and committee meetings are currently not practical due to the restrictions imposed upon us as a result of COVID-19. We will continue with electronic meetings until further notice.
  • Our preferred electronic meeting method will be 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: April 2021 CMES School Board Meeting

Time: Apr 20, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 940 2761 5001

Passcode: QPf8V0



Tuesday, April 27th @ 5:30 pm

Meeting Zoom information will be added soon


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:

  •     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 2020-21 Joint Meeting with the Montessori Center of Minnesota is TBD,  and the CMES Annual Meeting will be May 189, 2021, 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 3:00 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.

2020-21 Meeting Schedule
July - no meeting
August 18
September 15
October 20
November 17
December 15
January 19
February 16
March 16
April 20
May 18 - Annual Meeting & Board Meeting
June 22 

Standard Board Meeting Agenda
Call Meeting to Order
Public Comment Period – Comments limited to 3 minutes per person
Acceptance of Minutes from previous month’s meeting
Treasurer’s Report and Review of Financials
Board Chair Report
Governance Committee Report
Development Committee Report
Director of Business Operations
Head of School Report
Strategic Board Discussion/Board Education
Other Business
Suggested Agenda Items for Next Month