School Accountability Committee

About the School Accountability Committee

The School Accountability Committee (SAC) exists as mandated by Colorado's Education Accountability Act of 2009.  The SAC at Free Horizon Montessori is comprised of parents, faculty, and the Assistant Principal and or Principal who collaborate with school leadership to ensure we are accountable to FHM's mission and vision.  The SAC meets monthly to develop, implement, analyze, and report on community surveys that address three main areas:

  • academics

  • culture and climate

  • safety and security

The SAC analyzes academic and school survey data to inform and make recommendations to the Principal and Board of Directors regarding the Unified Improvement Plan.

In support of this work, the SAC is responsible for the following:

  • Report progress to the community regarding goals reported to the Colorado Department of Education in the prior school year’s Unified Improvement Plan (UIP),

  •  Evaluate both surveys of parents, staff, students, and alumni, and collective student testing patterns.

  •  Report data and associated recommendations to the FHM Leadership and the FHM Community.

  • Maintain open communication with the school community and advise the Principal regarding ways to improve our educational programs, environment, and school climate.

We encourage you to become a SAC member, or participate in SAC meetings as you are able, to share your ideas and concerns with the committee in order to make FHM the best school it can be. We welcome guests and have time allotted for guest comments. If you would like to join us please contact the SAC President or Donnetta MacDonald so we can adjust the time allowed for public comments.

Current School Accountability Committee Members

The committee is comprised of parents, faculty, and Principal (or designee).

Committee Member



Judy Luehring, Community Member



              Alison Kimble


 Maggie Kourakis  Parent  

Matthew Muhm

Board Liaison


 Tyler Luehring Parent

Jesse Ornelis, Dean of Students

Principal's Designee

Starr Svaldi



 Suzanne Diekman   Faculty


Accountability Committee Meetings & Documents

The School Accountability Committee holds regular meetings twice monthly from August through November, then once a month from December through May.  Meetings are held virtually from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.  Meetings are listed on the school calendar and open to the public

Find meeting dates and agendas below:

Meetings are held virtually.

Meeting Date
 April 17,2024 AGENDA  
 February 21, 2024 AGENDA  MINUTES
 November 15, 2023 AGENDA  MINUTES
 October 18, 2023 AGENDA  MINUTES
 April 19, 2023 AGENDA  
 March 14, 2032 AGENDA  
 November 16, 2022  AGENDA   
 October 19, 2022 AGENDA  MINUTES
 March 15, 2023 AGENDA  
 February 15, 2023 AGENDA  
 October 19, 2022 AGENDA  
 April 6, 2022 AGENDA  
 March 9, 2022  AGENDA  
 November 10, 2021 (virtual) 5:30 - 7 p.m. AGENDA Minutes
 October 13, 2021
 January 13, 2021 (Virtual) 5:30 - 7:00 pm Agenda
February 3, 2021 (Virtual) 5:30 - 7:00 pm Agenda  
March 3, 2021 (Virtual) 5:30 - 7:00 pm Agenda Minutes
April 7, 2021 (Virtual) 5:30 - 7:00 pm  Agenda Minutes
 October 12, 2021 (Virtual) 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Agenda   
 November 4, 2020 (Virtual) 5:30 - 7:00 pm Agenda  

Getting Involved with the School Accountability Committee

Each year, the School Accountability Committee seeks parents interested in serving two-year terms.  Please consider this volunteer opportunity to improve your school.  If you are a number-cruncher at heart, this is the perfect place for you to fulfill your 30-hour/year volunteer commitment for your family. 


  • Able to meet for 3-6 hours per month during the school year,
  • Have experience with descriptive statistics and/or survey design/administration,
  • Willing to analyze data from periodic surveys

To apply, please print and complete the SAC Application and submit it to the front office, Donnetta MacDonald's attention.  

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