Catalyst Board of Directors May 20, 2019 Meeting Agenda

The Catalyst Board of Directors' will have their fourth and final scheduled meeting of the 2018-2019 school year on Monday May 20, 2019. This meeting will be held at Catalyst Maria Charter School, located at 6727 S. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60629 and will be from 3:00-5:30 PM.

All Catalyst Board meetings are open to the public.  In accordance with OMA, the agenda for this meeting is below:


Mission: presentation on Catalyst Maria graduate outcomes and support programs


  • Review of agenda.
  • Review and vote for approval of February 25, 2019 Board of Directors’ meeting minutes; May 9, 2019 Academic Committee’s meeting minutes; and May 17, 2019 Finance Committee’s meeting minutes.
  • Vote of approval to confirm Dr. Catherine Burns for a three-year renewal term to Catalyst Board of Directors.
  • Vote of approval to confirm Andrew Jones for a two-year renewal term to Catalyst Board of Directors.
  • Vote of approval to confirm James Mendelson for a one-year renewal term to Catalyst Board of Directors

 *3:45 – 4:00 Opportunity for public comment, if requested (2 mins max per speaker)

 *4:00-4:30 Academic Committee

  • Summary of committee work of SY2018-2019 and focus for SY2019-2020
  • Catalyst Circle Rock charter renewal process update

*4:30-5:00 Finance Committee

  • Update on charter funding for FY19 and FY20
  • FY19 Financial year to date review
  • Signature Event planning
  • Board Committee structure
  • SY 2019-2020 meeting dates

 *5:00 – 5:30 Board follow up and future actions

  • Signature Event planning
  • Board Committee structure
  • SY 2019-2020 meeting dates


STEAM EXPO 2019 at Catalyst Maria

Please plan to join the Catalyst Maria K-12 school community on May 30, 2019 from 4:00-8:00 pm for the 3rd annual STEAM EXPO!

STEAM 2019 will feature scholars K-12 exhibiting, performing, and demonstrating their accomplishments in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM). The event will also host a community resource fair featurng local and city-wide organizations and opportunities.  We are anticipating thousands of supporters at this incredible event, and if you would like to support or have any questions, please contact Sean Hamilton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

STEAM 2019

Please join us for the Grand Opening of the Kehrein Center for the Arts!

We are thrilled to formally invite you to the Grand Opening of the Kehrein Center for the Arts! 

The event will be held May 22, 2019 at 11:00am, and be finished before noon.  Free tickets to the event can be secured at www.kehreincenter.com (admission is by ticket only). 

We are honored to have Ravinia CEO Welz Kauffman - named Chicagoan of the Year in classical music by the Chicago Tribune – and Lyric Opera Soprano Michele Areyzaga perform at this event, along with our Sistema Ravinia scholar orchestra.

This $4 ½ million investment in Chicago's Austin neighborhood has been made possible by a group of highly-committed individuals, many private investors, Ravinia, and the City of Chicago.

Please join us for this joyous event on Chicago’s West Side! 

KCA Rendering

Leadership Day at Catalyst Circle Rock- 4.11.19

Catalyst Circle Rock’s annual Leadership Day will take place on April 11 from 9:00-12:00. We invite all Catalyst supporters to join us for this event, during which you will enjoy a scholar performance in our newly renovated auditorium, classroom visits, a leadership showcase, and a scholar/teacher panel! Participants will register here- we hope you can join us for a day to celebrate the leadership of our amazing scholars!

Support Catalyst    

Please join our efforts as a champion for changing lives at The Catalyst Schools. If you would like to speak with a Catalyst staff member about your donation, please call us at 773-295-7001.