JED website is no longer being updated, and it will be removed in September. Information about Janney After Care, including
information for Fall 2012 registration, is available at Janney's new website.
Janney School plans to combine the governance of JED and the
- On Tuesday, May 8, at JED’s Public Board Meeting, Principal Lycknell
announced that she has accepted the two-step Plan suggested by the After School Working Group (ASWG) to bring after-care and
before-school care (“Care”) and Enrichment under the same umbrella for governance. JED is now an independent
501(c)(3) charitable organization, governed by an elected board of Janney parent volunteers. Enrichment is now governed
by the PTA. Under the first step of the Plan, the governance of both JED and Enrichment would shift to an Advisory Board
under the PTA. This temporary stage would last at least a school year and would give time to coordinate the respective
operations of Care and Enrichment. Each program would continue to operate as a separate program, with its own Executive
Director, but with greater coordination. Once the two programs’ operations are sufficiently coordinated, the second stage of the
Plan calls for creating a permanent governance structure separate from the PTA. In each of these two steps, the Executive Directors for
Care and Enrichment would report operationally to the school principal. The Plan will create an Advisory Board as well
for both stages of the Plan.
- Three members of the JED Board will be represented on the Advisory Board to ensure a smooth transition
and ensure continuity for after-care. They are Alan Burch (Chair), Amanda Barlow (Vice-Chair), and Keith Cunningham (Treasurer). The JED Board will continue to function into
the summer, until the transition occurs.
- On Tuesday, May 22, the Board met to discuss the Plan in detail and to consider
a Board resolution expressing support. The Board approved the resolution unanimously on May 23.
JED BOARD RESOLUTION
WHEREAS Janney Elementary School
plans to bring before and after school care (“Care”) and Enrichment under the same structure, and eventually hopes
to add Summer Camp as well, the JED BOARD accepts the School’s invitation to participate in the Plan, including the
establishment of an Advisory Board to provide guidance to the School administration in running the Care and Enrichment Programs.
As described in emails from JED, the School and the After School Working Group, and in recent JED Board minutes and
information on the JED website, the Plan calls for a two-step combination of the existing program for Care, now run by JED,
and the Enrichment Program, which is now run separately under the auspices of the PTA. The first step
of the Plan calls for the Care and Enrichment Programs to come under the same structure -- the PTA -- for an interim period
of adjustment in order to coordinate the two programs and perhaps add a third Program for summer camp open to all elementary
age students in the DCPS. The Programs would continue to operate with separate budgets and management. Once
the Programs are sufficiently integrated and well managed, the second part of the Plan calls for the PTA to move the Programs
out again into a stand alone non-profit entity. The Plan calls for JED’s non-profit charter
to serve as that vehicle, with appropriate modifications.
This RESOLUTION approves the Plan
in principle, subject to final approval by the JED Board. The final approval will include revision
of JED’s By-Laws to transfer governance of Care to the Advisory Board and the School administration. In
approving this Resolution, the Board remains committed to ensuring that the Plan preserves the core values of JED; complies
with applicable laws, regulations, and ethical obligations; and is sustainable in the face of possible future changes in leadership
of the School or in management of the Programs.
Adopted, by unanimous consent -
Alan Burch, Chair Amanda
Barlow, Vice-Chair Laura Atchison, Secretary Keith Cunningham, Treasurer Courtney Leatherman Elizabeth Rihani Karyn LeBlanc Ross
Brennan Parent Board,
Janney Extended Day May 23, 2012
THE JED BOARD PROVIDED THE
FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON MAY 10, 2012, AFTER THE PUBLIC MEETING:
concurs that JED has grown too large and complex for the volunteer parent board to be able to push JED forward while still
coordinating its programs with the school’s goals.
Throughout the last two years,
the JED Board has kept its focus on JED’s core values, which are: (1) providing safe, affordable care, (2) a respectful,
caring culture; (3) letting kids be kids, relax, socialize, and play; and (4) coordinating with the school’s educational
mission. Driven by these core values, we have identified six issues in evaluating the school’s Plan. Each
issue is addressed to varying degrees by the Plan and/or Ms. Lycknell’s recent comments:
1. Will the Plan preserve JED’s
core vision of the mission of Care? JED believes Care should focus on the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive
development of children, and that letting kids be kids in a loosely but strategically structured environment fosters that.
Principal Lycknell stressed at the May 8 Board meeting that she shares that core vision for the mission of Care.
the Plan preserve input from and control by Janney parents? The Plan clearly reduces the level of parent control
compared to that enjoyed by JED now. On the other hand, this is not entirely a bad thing, particularly in light of JED’s
recent growth. The key here will be the specifics of the By-Laws for the Advisory Board, which have yet to be drafted.
Principal Lycknell explained to the JED Board that she envisions the Advisory Board having veto power over the biggest decisions,
e.g., personnel matters relating to the Executive Directors.
3. Will the Plan enable effective coordination with
the School’s educational mission? No doubt it will.
4. Will the combined entity be financially self-sufficient
and transparent? Both JED and Enrichment are financially healthy now, with public budgets, and the two programs
will retain separate and open budgets. No apparent concern here.
5. Will there be legal hurdles? Liability,
privacy laws may be an issue, but we have not seen anything yet that cannot be complied with.
6. Will the structure be sustainable
with changes in key personnel? It is certainly possible that there will be changes in the Executive Directors
of the respective programs and/or the school’s principal in the transition period. Will the structure survive
such changes and still retain the core vision of the mission of care, parent input, etc.? This concern makes the planning
all the more important, especially for the By-Laws of the Advisory Board. With the continued collaboration of the ASWG
and the JED Board, and strong feedback from the parent community, this looks do-able also.
the primary concerns of the JED Board are (1) the vision & mission of care, (2) parent input, and (6) sustainability.
The Plan and the assurances from Ms. Lycknell address these issues well, we believe. Therefore the JED Board is inclined
to accept the Plan.
The JED Board wants parent feedback! We will
work with the ASWG to set up more formal channels of feedback and we will let you know once we do. In the meantime,
please let us know by email or otherwise.