School Accountability Committee

SAC Committee with Board Liaison Bryan Molen

SAC Committee 

The state of Colorado requires each school to have a School Accountability Committee (SAC) consisting of parents, teachers, and community members charged with advising the administration on the improvement of the school. The SAC is tasked with informing, encouraging, and providing opportunities for parent and community members to be involved in the planning and evaluation of the school’s instructional program and quality improvement processes. The SAC reports to the principal and participates in the District Accountability Committee (DAC). SAC also serves as a sounding board for community concerns.

To achieve these goals throughout the year the SAC members will:

  • Review every policy and procedure at BFA and make recommendations to the Board
  • Review Standardized Assessment Data with school administration – identify areas of needed growth
  • Review the schools Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) developed by the school administration to address needed areas of growth
  • Participate in monthly District Accountability Committee (DAC) Meetings with the Douglas County School District
  • Administer Parent Satisfaction Surveys – report results and SAC recommendations to the Board
  • Administer Student Satisfaction Surveys – report results and SAC recommendations to the Board

All meetings are open to the public and publicized beforehand.  We encourage parents and other community members to attend. Currently, Sarah Nisbet chairs the SAC committee. Our upcoming meeting dates can be found under the Parents Tab School Calendar.

Bylaws

For a copy of the SAC Bylaws click here.

Committee Members

    Sarah Nisbet

    Chair

    Sarah obtained a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas State University and is EC-4 certified in the state of Texas.  She has five years teaching experience in a Kindergarten classroom in Alvin, TX.  While teaching she became ESL certified, GT trained, was a member of the literacy collaborative, and mentored a new teacher and a student teacher.  Sarah is now a busy mom to three little girls, demonstrates Nespresso coffee machines on the weekends, does some admin work from home, and is Jr. Finance for her MOPS group.  When not helping at BFA Sarah enjoys hiking and biking with her girls and their dog Logan in beautiful Colorado!

        Mette Castor

        Vice-Chair

        Mette was born raised just outside Houston, Texas and attended Louisiana Tech University where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in Biology and Chemistry.  She was crowned Miss Louisiana 1997 and after placing in the Top Ten at Miss America she traveled throughout Louisiana and the South speaking to thousands of students about the Character Counts! program and was instrumental in legislation requiring all schools in Louisiana to implement character education.  She worked for GlaxoSmithKline and Icos Biotech before becoming a full-time mom.  She and her husband Bill moved to Colorado in 2009 and in 2011 their oldest son was fortunate to be in the first class of BFA kindergarteners.  With their youngest in kindergarten this year, all three of their boys are now all together at BFA.

            Kathy Chase

            Kindie PM Aide and SAC Recorder

            Kathy is very excited to join the Ben Franklin Academy staff as a kindergarten aide.  She is from Colorado and recently moved to Highlands Ranch where most of her extended family live.  She has been married to her husband, Matt, for 24 years.  They have been blessed with three wonderful sons:  Tyler (22), Zach (19) and Spencer (12). Spencer is in sixth grade at BFA.  In her free time, Kathy loves to travel, read, and watch the cooking channel.  She even attempts to make a few of the recipes.

             
            Kathy loves children and is thrilled to be a part of the kindergarten team.

                Cindy Brawley

                DAC Liaison

                Cindy moved to Colorado at the age of four and graduated from The University of Colorado with a BA in Sociology and BS in Nursing. She has practiced across the country for sixteen years in the areas of Cardiology, Orthopedics and Oncology. She currently works part time at The University of Colorado Hospital as an Outpatient Nurse. Cindy and her husband, Bob, have three children who attend BFA and they feel so grateful to a part of the school’s wonderful community. When not busy with work, school and the kids’ activities, the family loves to ski, camp and travel.

                    Susan Fujii

                    Community Representative

                    Susan owns and operates Peoples Kenpo Karate Highlands Ranch with her husband and 2 boys. She also runs a women’s self defense program called Fight Like a Girl Highlands Ranch. They love to empower kiddos (and adults) by teaching them life lessons in defense, bullying, and goals. She has 2 boys that are 20 and 18. Her 20yr old is a MMA Fighter, and her 18yr old is going to ACC and helping at the karate school. In terms of her hobbies, Susan uses and informs people about Doterra Essential oils, always trying to help others help themselves to become more healthy.

                        Beth Marchisio

                        Teacher Representative and Second Grade Teacher

                        Beth was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA.  In December of 2002, she graduated from California University of PA with a degree in Elementary Education.
                         
                        Beth was a reading tutor and substitute teacher before she began full time teaching. Starting in 2005, she taught second grade at a Pittsburgh charter school for two years.
                         
                        In 2007, she moved to the Northern VA/DC area where she continued to teach second grade at a public school. In 2010, Beth earned her Master’s Degree in Education at George Mason University. After living in VA for five years, she and her dog, “Marcus” decided it was time for a change and relocated to Colorado! 
                         
                        This is Beth’s 13th year of teaching and she has taught in second and third grade. This is Beth’s fifth year at Ben Franklin Academy.   She is extremely impressed by the dedicated parents at BFA and the terrific students who put a smile on her face everyday! She looks forward to another year at BFA! 

                            Steve Haas

                            At-Large Director

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                            Steve is an at-large director on the Board of Directors. He grew up in the Chicago-land area and attended Valparaiso University in Indiana. He and his family relocated to Highlands Ranch in 2006. Steve has worked for Johnson & Johnson for more than 25 years and currently serves as Contract Director for Orthopaedics. In 2014, Steve completed his executive MBA from the University of Colorado. Steve and his wife Kristine have two children, both attending BFA, one in middle school and the other in elementary school. With their daughter attending BFA since its opening, Steve is passionate to see the school continue to grow, provide the best foundation possible for high school, and be the charter school of choice in Douglas County. Steve’s term ends in May 2020.

                              Agendas / Minutes

                              2013-2014 Agendas

                              2013-2014 Entire Year