Green Woods Charter School

Board of Trustees AND GWCS FINANCIAL INFORMATION


Green Woods Board of Trustees is the governing body for Green Woods Charter School. The Board of Trustees helps create a vision for the future of Green Woods and then directs and supports that vision. As with Green Woods environmental curriculum, the Board is constantly evolving, refusing to remain stagnant, in order to better serve the needs of our students. The Board is charged by the State of Pennsylvania to support the creation of a unique, safe, and successful learning environment for our children and they take this responsibility very seriously.

But who owns a charter school? According to charter board expert Brian Carpenter, it is quite simple. "Because charter schools, or as I prefer to call them for clarity, chartered schools, are created by statute, they are owned by the public." The owners of a charter school are far more than just the immediate stakeholders and include taxpayers both local and statewide. This distinction becomes critical every time the board has to consider a decision in which the more local stakeholders (or some subset thereof) want one thing, and the owners (taxpayers) require another. This may create tension at times, "but the role of the board is to govern on behalf of the owners."

The Board remains committed that student achievement must be in the forefront of all decision making and that the hard work of teachers must be valued. Exceptional educators are the reason for Green Woods award-winning academic success and, working side-by-side with our parents and school community, there is nothing that will stop us from remaining an exemplary school for environmental education in our state. Our standardized test scores prove that students can learn differently and still learn well.

The Board's goal for the coming year is to create and implement a strategic fund development plan that will enrich our fiscal status, allowing us to enhance our academic resources as we grow our student enrollment.


2016-2017 Board of Trustees Public Meeting Schedule

Regular meetings shall be held on:

October 27, 2016
February 23, 2017
April 27, 2017
May 25, 2017
June 22, 2017

Board meetings begin at 7:00PM in the school cafeteria at 468 Domino Lane. Special or emergency meetings of the Board may be called between regular meeting dates as the needs of the school so require.

Permanent and ad-hoc committees of the Board shall meet as their needs require.


Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

December 6, 2016
October 27, 2016
August 30, 2016
June 16, 2016
May 19, 2016
February 18, 2016
October 2015
August 27, 2015
July 17- July 21, 2015
June 25, 2015
May 28, 2015
April 30, 2015
February 26, 2014
October 30, 2014
August 28, 2014


GWCS Financial Information

GWCS January 2017 Financials
GWCS October 2016 Financials
GWCS August 2016 Financials
GWCS Audit, Year Ended June 30, 2016
GWCS Standard & Poor's Ratings Report
GWCS July 2016 Financials
GWCS April 2016 Financials
GWCS January 2016 Financials
GWCS Audit, Year Ended June 30, 2015
GWCS September Financials
GWCS March Financials
GWCS February Financials
GWCS January 15 Financials
GWCS November/December Financials
GWCS October Financials
GWCS 2012-13 Audit and 990
GWCS 2013-14 Audit and 990
GWCS 2014-15 Audit and 990
GW Budget 2015 For Adoption


Communication with the Board of Trustees

The Green Woods Board of Trustees holds public board meetings and encourages our community to come out to learn more about our work on behalf of Green Woods. Each meeting has a specific agenda which always includes the opportunity for the public to comment on agenda items and to comment in general about any topic the community would like to bring to the attention of the board.

For any topic that might rise to a level of a grievance with any member of our community, the Board has implemented a "grievance process" that must be followed by all members of our community who may be involved in a conflict or dispute. Please contact the Green Woods front office for a copy of this process.

Of course, the Board is always happy to receive good news and appreciates hearing positive feedback relating to the work of our staff.

To address the Board in writing, please do so by mailing correspondence to:

Green Woods Board of Trustees
468 Domino Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19128

See our updated Bylaws. (PDF Document)


Green Woods Board Members


Dawn Prall George, Chair
Dawn Prall George

Dawn is the Chair of the Board and Chair of the Fund Development Committee. Dawn has more than 20 years of professional experience in fund development, marketing and government relations for organizations such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America and The Holocaust Remembrance Foundation. She has served as board chairman of the Philadelphia Senior Center, vice president of The Birth Center board, a founder of Five County Women Democrats. As principal of CopperBeech LLC, her own consulting practice, Dawn works with a diverse client base from healthcare to construction and banking.





Jen Weikert, Secretary
Mike Gondos

Jen Weikert serves as a Green Woods Charter School Board member and as Vice Chair of the Green Woods Charter Foundation for Environmental Education. To her work with Green Woods, Jen brings over a decade of experience as a nonprofit leader and fundraising professional. Since 2009, Jen has led fundraising efforts for Children's Literacy Initiative (CLI), a national nonprofit headquartered in Philadelphia. Prior to CLI, Jen served as vice president for MCL Consulting providing strategic fundraising counsel to nonprofit organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region and south-central Pennsylvania. Earlier in her career, Jen also served as the Executive Director at YWCA of Philadelphia and held senior-level development positions at nonprofit organizations including Women's Way and Laurel House.

In addition to her nonprofit activities, Jen has been an adjunct professor at Temple University and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Women's Center at the Community College of Philadelphia. She holds a BA in English, a MA in Women's Studies from the National University of Ireland at Cork and a Certificate in Fundraising from University of Pennsylvania.


Shane Brody, Trustee
Calvin R. Tucker

Shane is a business development manager for T-Mobile, working directly with state and local government agencies including K-12 school districts/charters, universities, and municipalities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. His expertise and knowledge of technology within the education vertical is valuable to the future development of learning models at Green Woods.

A lifelong resident of Roxborough/Manayunk, Shane brings a strong sense of community to Green Woods' board. He is an active leader in the neighborhood and, in his spare time, enjoys traveling with his wife and daughter.



Debi Durso
Calvin R. Tucker

Debi serves as a Green Woods Charter School Board member with nearly twenty years of experience in both Philadelphia public schools and charter schools. Debi has served in a variety of roles at Mastery Charter Schools, a network of 22 schools in Philadelphia and Camden, since 2005; those roles include teaching and leading at both elementary and secondary schools. Since 2013, Debi has served as a Regional Schools Offer, where she is responsible for the management and coaching of school principals. Prior to her work at Mastery Charter Schools, Debi worked as an English teacher in the School District of Philadelphia and a College Coordinator for Philadelphia Futures.