About Us

The Meadowland Charter School provides a safe, structured, and consistent environment where students can succeed academically. Our philosophy is that all children can achieve educational success if provided the right options. A Personalized Education Plan is completed at admission to create an educational plan to overcome weaknesses so students can graduate and often includes a therapeutic component for behavioral issues. All Meadowland Charter School teachers are Special Education Certified and classes will have a small student to teacher ratio. All instruction is delivered in a manner that:
  • Makes a connection between each student’s interests and required learning
  • Builds on the academic strengths of each student
  • Provides multiple ways to learn
  • Encourages independence
  • Provides real world experiences and problems
  • Makes connections between core courses

Meadowland Charter School was opened for the 2008-2009 school year as an open-enrollment charter school in 2008 serving high school grades 9-12. In 2009-2010 middle school was added. In 2013-2014 elementary grades were added. Please visit our ENROLLMENT page for more information on the application process.

MLCS Campus Goals 

  • To improve student achievement
  • To implement a rigorous curriculum, improve instruction, and systematically assess progress accurately
  • To improve the school culture and climate
  • To improve staff acquisition, quality, and retention
  • To increase family and community involvement The rest of the text for that page is fine after that until you reach “History of MLCS”, delete that section. It’s already included in the text replacement above.

About Charter Schools

What is a charter school?
Charter schools are public schools that have the flexibility to adapt to the educational needs of individual students. Charter schools vary in mission and model, serving a wide range of students, many with needs beyond the one-size-fits-all traditional public school. Often, charter schools provide a personalized learning environment that promotes greater student achievement. Although charter schools have some autonomy, they still must meet the rigorous academic standards dictated by the state for all public schools. On charter campuses, school leaders are permitted more freedom in managing their school, allowing them to respond in the best interests of both parents and students. Teachers at charter schools are encouraged to structure lessons to the specific needs of their students. Some charter schools even provide curriculum that specializes in a certain field such as the arts, mathematics or science. Others provide a more efficient, general education based on the educational model set forth in the charter.

How are charter schools funded?
Charter schools receive state funds based on the average daily attendance of students (same as traditional public schools); however, they do not receive funds from local tax revenue and the majority, including Texas charters, do not receive state facilities funding. A recent independent analysis of revenue differences between charter school districts and independent school districts reveals a persistent funding gap exists. There is a $1,000 gap per student between funding for school districts and charters on average.

What is the purpose of charter schools?

  • Improve student learning
  • Increase the choice of learning opportunities within the public school system
  • Create professional opportunities that will attract new teachers to the public school system
  • Establish a new form of accountability for public schools
  • Encourage different and innovative learning methods

Charter schools in Texas
Public charter schools were authorized by the Texas Legislature in 1995 to provide more choice and options in public education. Texas has a state cap of 215 open-enrollment charters with multiple campuses per charter. Open-enrollment charters serve approximately 154,000 students on approximately 460 campuses across the state. In the State of Texas, charter schools operate under and receive academic accountability ratings from the Texas Education Agency. Both charter and traditional public school students in Texas take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests. Enrollment in Texas charter schools continues to increase as more families want options. This year, there are more than 101,000 students on waiting lists. Seats per charter are limited by their charter agreement with the state, and where there is more interest than space, admission is frequently allocated by lottery-based admissions. Texas Charter Schools Association Texas Education Agency

Charter Holder

A charter school is a type of public school. The Texas Legislature authorized the establishment of charter schools in 1995. Some of the first charters have been in operation since the fall of 1996. Roy Maas Youth Alternatives (RMYA) was approved for a charter in the spring of 2008 and entered a contract with the Texas Education Agency and opened Meadowland Charter School (MLCS) in August of that same year.   A charter operator (holder), in this case RMYA, is the entity that has been awarded a contract with the state. It is either a non-profit corporation or an institution of higher education. Legally, a charter operator functions similarly to a school district. A non-profit group that seeks a charter applies through a competitive process. All administrators for new charter schools must go through an orientation.   While charter school boards are appointed and not elected as are the boards or independent school districts, they still must make public the names of their board members in an annual governance report. They must also comply with the Texas Public Information Act and hold public board meetings. MLCS has two boards. The charter operator board of directors and the board of education of which both are important to the success of the school provide direction and support to MLCS.   For more information about RMYA, please visit www.rmya.org.

History of MLCS

Meadowland Charter School was opened for the 2008-2009 school year as an open-enrollment charter school in 2008 serving high school grades 9-12. In 2009-2010 middle school was added. In 2013-2014 elementary grades were added.

Administration & Staff

Donald Mills – Superintendent
Mr. Mills has completed 25 years in education and has held every role from full time substitute while in college to teaching and now school leadership. He holds degrees from an Associate of Arts degree to double Masters. Currently awaiting the approval of his dissertation for a conferred Ed. D. in Educational Administration, Curriculum and Instruction which will be his 6th degree. He holds certificates in 16 different areas including special education, principal and superintendent. He is also an approved provider for school board training for the Texas Education Agency. Mr. Mills has been with the charter school as the superintendent since its opening in 2008.

Annette Ellenwood – Office Manager
Annette Ellenwood was born in Seguin, Texas where she lived until graduating from high school.  Her college experience included attending Concordia Lutheran College in Austin, TX and Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.

Married to her husband Chuck for 35 years, they have lived in many cities mostly in Texas, but spent 6 wonderful years in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  They also lived in Austin, Houston (2 times,) Seguin and have lived in Boerne since 1991. Two children, Chip and Chelsea both graduated from Boerne High School. Mrs. Ellenwood is the proud grandmother of Charlotte Ellenwood who is 5 years old.

Work experience includes Travis County Juvenile Court in Austin, manager and teacher of a day care center in Houston, and paraprofessional and teacher at Curington Elementary School in Boerne. After 9 years with BISD, she received her Long Term Care Assisted Living Managers Certification and was the first manager of Heritage Place Assisted Living Facility in Boerne.  Later she became the Admissions and Marketing Director at Town and Country Rehab and Nursing Center and then at Cibolo Creek Rehab and Nursing in Boerne.  Mrs. Ellenwood has also done consulting for various nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the area.

Mrs. Ellenwood was hired as a paraprofessional at MLCS in 2013 where she worked with the elementary and middle school students.  In 2014 she started working in the front office at the MLCS High School.

Being with her family, cooking, baking, traveling and watching her husband golf are among the interests Mrs. Ellenwood has that keep her busy on the weekends.

Delayna Doege – Mentor Program Coordinator
Delayna Doege has been an educator for over eight years, Ms Doege  graduated from  Judson High School and then went to Texas State University on a Soccer Athletic Scholarship.  She began her  teaching career in 2008 at Schertz Clemens and was the Head Girls Soccer Coach. After graduating with her Masters in Administration from Concordia University, she accepted her first administrative position at Meadowland Charter School.  The 2015-2016 school year is her second Meadowland.  She is married to Russell Doege and they have a gorgeous 4 year old  little girl named Bracken.  

Delton Reiley – Counselor
Graduated with a Masters of Education from the Texas State University in Guidance and Counseling in 1985 and has 37 years’ experience (8 years as teacher and coach, 29 years as counselor). He joined the MLCS team in 2012 as the Guidance Counselor and District Testing Coordinator.

James Chavis, PEIMS Coordinator
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Evan Tupa
Evan has his Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has 10 years’ experience in various roles of IT management and IT development. He started working for Roy Maas Youth Alternatives in 2006 as a Network Administrator. There he oversaw the development and management of the agency’s hardware infrastructure software systems. Since 2012 he has served as the Director of Instructional Technology at the Meadowland Charter School. As an administrator at the school he oversees the development and management of educational/instructional technology in the classrooms.

Affiliations

Texas Charter Schools Association
TCSA is a statewide Association representing close to 90% of the charter students in every part of our great state. In total, an estimated 178,000 Texas students attend more than 550 open-enrollment charter schools (2013 AskTED data) with more than 101,000 additional students on waiting lists (2012 survey). There is an arbitrary cap of 305 (as of 2019), but the cap of 215 is not raised until 2014 and then it will be 225 charters available to be awarded in Texas. As of 11/22/13, there are 205 active charters awarded with 3 additional charters awarded in November, for a total of 208 charters taken, leaving 7 charters available. The Association advocates in Austin and Washington D.C. for member schools, improves their academic and financial performance through the implementation of the TCSA Quality Framework, and provides member services for school operators, board members, and staff. TCSA also hosts an annual statewide conference, one of the largest gatherings of charter schools in the nation.

Region 20 Educational Service Center
Education Service Center, Region 20 (ESC-20) positively impacts the learning community through high quality, cost effective products and services. Our vision is to be the definitive choice for leadership, innovation, and the advancement of learning. Quality performance is a commitment to excellence by each employee – achieved through teamwork and a process of continuous improvement. We believe: in service first; our employees drive our success; collaboration maximizes results; in purposeful and effective communication; change is opportunity; in cultivating strengths; and learning is life-long.

iPEC Coach Training Program
The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) offers the most comprehensive and experiential coach training program in the world, having built a robust curriculum that trains you, the individual, or your company, in an “inside-out” coaching methodology. Our approach creates significant and sustainable change and will transform your life and business, and the lives and businesses of those you coach, with unparalleled results.

UTSA Center for Accelerated Schools
Founded in 1986 by Dr. Henry M. Levin at Stanford University, the Accelerated Schools Project has worked successfully with over 1500 schools. Our work has led to significant improvements and documented successes. (American Institutes for Research, Education Alliance at Brown University, Manpower Development Research Corporation-MDRC, RAND Corporation, Texas Study of the High School Redesign and Restructuring Program) We engage the community, administrators, staff, teachers, parents, students, and others to develop the best school possible for their learning community. Within the Accelerated Schools model, the school community works collaboratively and thoughtfully to determine its vision, understand its challenges, and problem-solve to meet the campus’s unique needs. We gather feedback and data at every step to build long-term, sustainable success.

Board

2016 Meadowland Charter School Board
Mark Morkovsky – President
Charlotte Travis, Ph.D. – Vice President
Carol Schultz – Secretary
Manuel Ruiz – Treasurer
Board Members: Lea Freemyer, Carla Heath, Janet Oord Graves

Board Agendas, Actions, and Minutes

May, 2014
June, 2014
August, 2014
September, 2014
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November, 2014
January, 2015
February, 2015
March, 2015
April, 2015
May, 2015
June, 2015

Board Training

Links to all board training videos. Since we don’t have distribution rights we must keep this password protected in some way.