Parent Board of Directors
Highland Community School is governed by a parent Board of Directors elected from the current body of parents. The Parent Board has legal responsibility for decisions relating to the operation of the school. It sets and monitors the budget, makes and amends school policies, manages the director, and, in conjunction with the teachers, supports the curriculum. Highland’s experience demonstrates that parent governance of a school can be a critical factor in building school effectiveness. It is the ultimate parent involvement strategy.
Meetings from previous board meetings can be found here.
If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, the application process is as follows:
- Get involved at Highland by volunteering, serving on a parent committee, helping out in a classroom, chaperoning going-outs, etc. Active involvement in the school is preferred prior to Board service.
- Complete an application found here.
- Complete a personality test and submit results with your application.
- Reach out to two current board members.
- Be elected at the Annual Meeting.
The Board Governance Committee solicits applicants annually and as deemed necessary as seats on the Board open up. The Board Governance Committee then reviews applications and recommends candidates to the full Board for nomination. Recommendations are made based on the needs of the Board.
Please read about the Roles and Responsibilities of Highland Community School’s Board of Directors for more information about serving on the Highland Parent Board of Directors.
If you are a parent at Highland and are interested in becoming a board member, please contact Rochelle Johnson-Bent, Governance Committee Chair, with questions.
If you’d like to get in touch with the Parent Board, please email email@example.com
Current Parent Board of Directors
Number of Children at Highland: Two
Year Joined Highland Family: September 2018
Year Board Term Began: August 2019
Professional Background: Rochelle, born and raised in Milwaukee, has dedicated herself to her community through work and volunteerism. Being the Director of Compliance for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM), Rochelle’s role is to lead the nation’s largest Boys & Girls Clubs’ bifurcated legal affairs and compliance/ethics department. Prior to joining BGCGM, Rochelle was the Supervising Attorney at Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee’s Guardian ad Litem’s Family Court Division. She has also worked in the private sector in areas of law including family, criminal, civil, and administrative law. Being appointed in 2018 by the Wisconsin State Bar and then elected by her peers in April 2019, Rochelle serves as Board of Governor for District 2 (Milwaukee). In addition to serving on the Board, Rochelle is a member of the following professional organizations: Family Law Section of the Wisconsin State Bar, Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics, Young Lawyers Division, WI Association of African American Lawyers, and the Epsilon Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Rochelle has volunteered at the Fiserv Forum, participated in various general parent meetings and donated supplies. As a newer parent Rochelle brings new innovative insight and thoughts on how to increase the “community” feel for new parents and new ideas of how to best expose Highland students to success and opportunity in order to broaden their experience and learning. In Rochelle’s spare time she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Jean Tipan Verella
Director, Chair of Fund Development Committee
Amy Nelson Christensen