South Carolina First Steps Board of Trustees

March 17, 2017 – 11 a.m.

The Inn at USC (1619 Pendleton Street, Columbia)

888-537-7715, Participant Code 52045398#

A g e n d a


1. Call to Order/Quorum Call

2. Welcome/Introductions                                   

3. Approval of Minutes of January 20, 2017      

4. Consent Agenda:


Adoption of IRS Form 990 (Finance and Administration)

Adoption of Proposed FY18 Partnership Accountability Standards


5. Chairman’s Report – Ken Wingate

MOTION: To appoint a search committee for the position of Executive Director, to be hired as of July 1, 2017, or as soon thereafter as possible. 

a. Members of Committee: The following individuals shall serve on the committee:

Julie Hussey, Chair

Rep. Jerry Govan

Dr. Beverly Buscemi

Sue Williams

Tim Holt

Mary Lynne Diggs

Walter Fleming

Darnell McPherson (ED, Darlington County First Steps)

b. Initial Tasks of the Committee: The committee will be asked to (a) appropriately advertise the job opening, both within and outside the State of South Carolina, (b) develop a list of desired criteria for qualifications and experience, (c) establish a deadline for the receipt of applications, (d) select qualified candidates to interview, and (e) set an appropriate timeline for completing such tasks. The committee will be asked to report regularly to the Board of Trustees on its progress, and may seek input from the Board chair, relevant State agencies such as D.E.W. and the State Department of Education, and any other sources it deems appropriate, though not with the expectation of hiring an executive search committee.

c. Final Goal of the Committee: The committee will be asked to present its top three (3) candidates to the full Board of Trustees for final interviews and selection.


6. Committee Reports:

6a. Legislative Committee – Senator Gerald Malloy, Chair


6b. Finance and Administration – Judith Aughtry, Chair


Draft FY18 Partnership Allocations



Financial Update

Formula Work Group


6c. Program and Grants Committee – Jenifer McConnell, Chair


Approve committee recommendation to pursue AdvancED Accreditation of 4K Program

AdvancED Accreditation Standards for Early Childhood Programs

Committee Presentation/Discussion:

Update on Evidence-Based Framework


6d. Strategic Planning and Evaluation Committee – Alexia Newman, Chair


Vision 2020 Status Report


6e. Early Head Start Governance Council – Roger Pryor, Chair


7. Interim Director’s Report Julia-Ellen Davis


8. Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter


9. Closing RemarksKen Wingate



Next Meeting:

June 16, 2017 (11am, The Inn at USC)