Hilltop Governance

Board of Directors

Hilltop is governed by a Board of Directors composed of 9 Hilltop parent members and 6 public members (9 of the members must be KU affiliated). Hilltop parent board members are elected each fall for the coming year. Because Hilltop is designated as a University Affiliated Corporation and receives administrative support from the Office of Student Affairs, a representative of that office serves as a Hilltop board member.  A member of the comptroller's office is also present for board meetings. The board functions in an advisory, policy-making capacity. The primary role is to ensure the organization is in good financial standing.  They work with the Hilltop administration on creating the annual budget as well as the review and implementation of all policies at Hilltop.

Board members

Noel Rasor
Board President, Public Member, 2014

I am passionate about building positive, supportive work cultures in organizations and helping individuals find and create roles in which they can thrive.

Sara Vancil
President Elect, Public Member, 2014

I enjoy looking at an organization’s goals and big picture from a data-driven, analytical, and systems-oriented approach.

Karen Cross
Past President, Public Member, 2013

I’m so excited about Hilltop’s future with a strong administration and our focus on making the center the best place for families and staff.

Mindie Paget
Board Secretary, Public Member, 2014

I joined the Board of Directors in 2014 because I wanted to help sustain what I’ve always described as “Hilltop magic” – that intangible spirit that makes me smile when I spend time in the building.

Jennifer Wamelink

I am passionate about student wellness, as well as initiatives and resources that promote student access and successful completion.

KU Comptroller's Office, Non-Voting Member
Steve Allton
Parent Member, 2017

I hope to utilize my educational background and work experiences to inform the Hilltop policy and decision-making processes.

Stephani Boyd
Parent Member, 2017

I enjoy working with a group toward the common goal of providing the best possible education, atmosphere and growth experiences for our little humans.

Shanda Hayden
Public Member, 2012
Debbi Johanning

I joined the Board of Directors in 2015 because I wanted to contribute more to the Hilltop community that we have come to love so much.

Lisa Pinamonti Kress
Parent Member, 2013

I know the importance of education, and Hilltop provides a crucial foundation for children’s love of learning.

Tim Mock
Public Member, 2015

Working with community partners to foster strong working relationships and collaborating to provide superior member service within the community is my passion. 

Renee Olson
Parent Member, 2017
Public Member, 2017
Jana Tuttle
Public Member, 2015

I joined the Hilltop Board because I think that early childhood education is a vital start to learning and developing the next generation.

Steve Wallace
Parent Member, 2017

I became a board member with the hope of providing support in any way I could to make sure our children have the best possible early childhood education.

Sherri Whightsil

I am a new parent board member in 2017, and I’m excited about the opportunity to support the continued success of this great organization.

Marc White

I was elected to the Board of Directors as a parent member, hoping to give back to Hilltop for doing so much for our children in preparing them for a lifetime of learning and success.

HILLTOP CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER, INC.
Bylaws

ARTICLE I. NAME

The corporate name of this corporation shall be Hilltop Child Development Center, Inc. (“Corporation”) or such other name as may be set forth in the Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation, as amended. The Corporation is located at __________________, in the city of Lawrence, Kansas.

ARTICLE II. PURPOSE

Section A. Hilltop is an inclusive community where children learn from passionate professionals in a nurturing and academically rich environment.

The purpose of the Corporation is to promote quality childcare, education and development through the operation of a group day-care/preschool center and programs for school-age children.

Section B. To support this purpose, the Corporation shall:

  1. Provide a stimulating, challenging, educational curriculum for children.
  2. Expose children to a wide variety of activities which meet their social, emotional,physical, intellectual and creative needs.
  3. Support the teaching, research, and public service missions of the University of Kansas (“University”).
  4. Provide an early childhood training and resource center for University faculty, staffand students.
  5. Uphold center standards according to the national accreditation entity selected by the facility.
  6. Provide parent education and staff development through workshops, meetings, discussions and presentations.
  7. Cooperate with other organizations to provide a comprehensive program for young children.
  8. Provide early childhood training and assistance to members of the Lawrence community.

Section C. The Corporation shall admit children of any race, color, religion, national original, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or family status and qualified handicapped children, to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities of the center. Hilltop does not discriminate on the basis of any of those factors in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarships, programs, food service programs, and other center administered programs. The above factors as applicable to the parent(s) of children also shall not be grounds for discrimination.

ARTICLE III. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section A. Subject to limitations of the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws, and the Kansas Corporation Code, all corporate responsibilities and the conduct and affairs of the Corporation shall be controlled by the Board of Directors (“Board”).

The Board shall have the responsibility for ensuring the purposes and powers of the Corporation, as set forth in Article II, are fully, properly, and appropriately exercised and carried out to achieve the desired benefits as set forth. Without prejudice to such general responsibilities but subject to the same limitations, it is hereby expressly declared the Board shall have the following responsibilities:

  1. To alter, amend or repeal the Bylaws of the Corporation.
  2. To select and remove all the other officers, agents and employees of the Corporation, other than University required personnel; prescribe such responsibilities and duties for them as may not be inconsistent with law, or with the Articles of Incorporation or these Bylaws; and require from them security for faithful service, if deemed necessary or desirable.
  3. To conduct, manage, and control the affairs and conduct of the Corporation, and to make such rules and regulations therefore not inconsistent with law, or with the Articles of Incorporation or the Bylaws, as they may deem best.
  4. To change the principal office and registered office for the transaction of the conduct of the Corporation from one location to another as provided in these Bylaws; to fix and locate from time to time one or more subsidiary offices of the Corporation within State ofKansas, as provided in these Bylaws hereof; to designate any place within meetingsexcept annual meetings; form such certificates from time to time, as in their judgementthey may deem best, provided such certificates shall at all times comply with theprovisions of law.
  5. To borrow money and incur indebtedness for purposes of the Corporation, and to cause to be executed and delivered therefore, in the corporate name, promissory notes, bonds, debentures, deeds of trust, mortgages, pledges, hypothecations or other evidences of debt and securities therefore.
  6. To appoint an executive committee and other committees and to delegate to such committees any of the responsibilities and authority of the board in the management of the conduct and affairs of the Corporation, except the responsibility to adopt, amend or repeal Bylaws.
  7. The Board of Directors shall have exclusive authority to make policies relative to the management of the Corporation.

Section B. The Board of Directors shall consist of 17 voting members. Members shall be approved by the University Chancellor or designee. The desired board membership is as follows: Parents of children attending Hilltop Child Development Center, Inc; Non-Hilltop parents (public members) from the Lawrence community; the Past President of the Board of Directors (1); and the liaison representative from the office of the University of Kansas liaison department (1). The Past President and the liaison representative may or may not be Hilltop parents. Parents of Hilltop children should always make up the majority of the board members. Hilltop administrators, University Comptroller's Office representative and at least on teacher representative shall be non-voting members of the Board.

Section C. No person employed by Hilltop Child Development Center, Inc. nor a relative of a staff member may be a voting member of the Board. The Board membership will attempt to reflect the diversity of the enrollment of the center, the University, and Lawrence Community. The term of office for all Board members shall begin at the start of each calendar year. A Board member who has been absent from two consecutive, regularly scheduled meetings may be removed from the Board by a majority vote of those present and voting.

Section D. Parent members shall be elected by and from the family units with currently enrolled children in Hilltop Child Development Center, Inc. Each family unit shall have one vote in a Board election. The Board of Directors shall annually set the date for the election of parent members during the fall semester so that the new Board members may assume office by the start of the following calendar year. The Board shall notify all family units of the date of the election and the procedures for making nominations. Any eligible parent may have his/her name placed on the ballot as a candidate. No more than one member of the family unit may serve as a voting member on the Board during any given term. A family unit is defined as one or two parents/guardians or other primary caregivers who are financially and emotionally responsible for a child or children enrolled at Hilltop Child Development Center, Inc. 

Section E. Public members shall be elected and approved by the Hilltop Board of Directors. The executive committee of the board will meet with potential candidates for the board and present the names of suggested new members. The board will review and elect new public members no later than the November board meeting. 

Section F. Parent members shall serve 1-year terms. Parent members may serve more than one term without running for re-election if approved by the voting members of the Board. A parent member who is elected to an office can be retained as one of the parent members of the Board for the subsequent year. Board members who begin their term on the Board as parent members will become public members in the calendar year that they no longer have a child or children enrolled in Hilltop Child Development Center, Inc. programs if they continue to serve on the Board.

Section G. Public members shall serve 1-year terms. Public members may serve more than one term without running for re-election if approved by the voting members of the Board.

Section H. A vacancy in the public membership shall be filled at the discretion of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. A person filling a vacancy shall serve until the end of the original term. Vacancies in parent membership will result in an immediate election per the process stated in Section D above.

ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS

Section A. The elected officers shall be a President, President-Elect and Secretary.

Section B. President: The President-Elect shall assume the office of president at the beginning of the calendar year, serving one year as president followed by one year as immediate past president. 

In the event that the office of President shall be vacated, the office shall be filled for the remainder of the term by appointment made by the Board of Directors.

The duties of the President are as follows: 

  1. The President shall prepare the agendas for all meeting of the Board.
  2. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board.
  3. The President shall sign contracts on behalf of the Corporation.
  4. The President shall, in the case of an emergency, call a special meeting of the Board.
  5. The President shall, as deemed fit, allow non-board members the opportunity to make presentations to the Board by placing such persons on the agenda.
  6. The President shall serve for one year as President followed by one year as immediate Past President. The term of the current President may be extended for a second year if approved by the voting members of the Board if the President-Elect is no longer available to serve.

Section C. President-Elect: The President-Elect shall be elected by the Board of Directors no later than the November Board meeting of the fall semester. The President-Elect shall have served at least one year on the Board prior to the beginning of their term of service. The President-Elect may be either a parent or a public member of the Board.

In the event that the office of the President-Elect shall be vacated, the office shall be filled for the remainder of the term by appointment made by the Executive Committee. The President-Elect shall, in the absence of the President, preside and perform the duties of President.

Section D. Secretary: The Secretary shall be elected at the November Board meeting. The Secretary shall have served at least one year on the Board prior to the beginning of their term of service.

In the event that the office of Secretary shall be vacated, the office shall be filled for the remainder of the term by appointment made by the Executive Committee.

The duties of the Secretary are as follows:

  1. The Secretary shall, in the absence of the President and President-Elect, preside and perform the duties of President.
  2. The Secretary shall keep a record of attendance at Board meetings, shall record and preserve the minutes of all meetings, shall handle correspondence pertaining to the work of the Board of Directors and maintain all archival documents for the organization.

Section E. Treasurer: The Finance Director of the Center shall serve as the Treasurer. The Treasurer shall keep the Board informed as to the financial status of the Hilltop Child Development Center, Inc.

Section F. Past President: Shall review board bylaws annually and provide any feedback no later than the September board meeting.

Section G. Election of Officers: 

  1. No later than the September Board meeting of the academic year, the President shall appoint a nominating committee of three persons. At least one parent and one public member of the Board shall serve on the committee.
  2. At least 30 days prior to the November Board meeting, the Nomination Committee shall submit in writing to all members a slate of proposed officers of the Board.
  3. Nominations from the floor will be accepted during the election at the November Board meeting of the year. Officers shall be elected by a simple majority of those Board members present and voting. Quorum must be met in order to vote for officers.

ARTICLE V. 

Section A. The Executive Committee shall be composed of the President, Past President, President-Elect, Secretary and the designated University Liaison. The Treasurer of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director of Hilltop Child Development Center, Inc. are ex-officio non-voting members of the Executive Committee. 

Section B. The Executive Committee shall act on behalf of the Board in between its regularly scheduled meetings. 

Section C. The duties of the Executive Committee shall include the following:

  1. At the November Board meeting, the Executive Committee, with input from the Board of Directors and other interested persons, shall appoint persons from Lawrence community to serve on the Board.
  2. The Executive Committee shall fill any vacancy occurring in the membership of public members of the Board of Directors.
  3. Perform an annual evaluation of the Executive Director no later than July 1st.

Section D. Standing committees shall include finance, teacher and staff support, family support, and special events. Other committees may be established as needed by the Board of Directors.

At least one member of each standing committee shall be appointed by the President from members of the Board of Directors as the chair of the committee. Each chair will solicit participation from parents who are not currently serving on the board. The Administrative staff from Hilltop may be ex-officio members of committees.

All standing committees shall be composed of at least two members. Persons other than members of the Board, who have expertise in special fields, may be asked to serve on committees.

Section E. The duties of each standing committee shall be defined in a policy statement adopted by the committee and approved by the Board. 

ARTICLE VI. MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Section A. The Board shall meet at least quarterly for regular meetings. Special meetings may be called by the President, the Executive Director of the Center, or three or more members of the Board. 

Section B. The regular meeting dates for the entire year will be determined at the start of each calendar year. The agenda and all related documentation shall be distributed to members of the Board at least 3 days prior to the meeting. The meeting agenda shall be posted in the Center at least 3 days prior to the meeting. 

Section C. Meetings of the Board are open for the public to attend. A meeting may be closed to all non-voting members of the Board for purposes of discussing personnel or enrollment items by 11 (2/3) affirmative votes of Board members.

Section D. Each voting member of the Board shall have one vote. A quorum for the transaction of business shall consist of a majority (9) of the voting members.

Section E. The hiring of an Executive Director of the Center will require 13 (3/4) affirmative votes from the board. University designee must be present at time of vote. 

Section F. If a vote of the Board is required between regularly scheduled meetings, the President will submit the item on which a vote is required via email to all Board members with a specified timeline in which votes will be accepted. The President will then collect votes until the deadline, document the voting, and submit the results to the full Board membership. If a quorum of the Board does not vote, the motion fails.

Except as otherwise provided herein, Robert's Rule of Order, Revised shall govern official actions of the Board.

ARTICLE VII. STAFF OF THE HILLTOP CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER, INC.

Section A. There shall be an Executive Director and a Finance Director of the Center and such other positions as the Board of Directors deems necessary to carry on the work of the Hilltop Child Development Center, Inc.

Section B. The Executive Director of the Center and the Finance Director shall be nominated by the Board of Directors and approved by the University Chancellor or designee. The Executive Director shall be responsible for all administrative operations of the Center.

Section C. The Executive Director of the Center shall select the staff as required to carry out the purpose and program of the Corporation, in accordance with the policies established by the Board of Directors and the University. The Executive Director of the Center shall keep the Board fully informed on all aspects of the program and shall keep adequate records of information of value to the Center.

ARTICLE VIII. AMENDMENTS

Section A. These Bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the Board of Directors where a minimum of 13 voting members are present. A minimum of 9 voting members must vote in the affirmative to approve an amendment. Notice of the general character of any proposed amendment must be given in writing at least ten (10) days prior to such meeting.

ARTICLE IX. DISSOLUTION

Section A. Upon the dissolution of the Hilltop Child Development Center, Inc. the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provisions for payment of all liabilities of the Corporation, dispose of all of the assets of the Corporation exclusively for the purposes of the Corporation to such organization(s) organized and operating exclusively for charitable, educational, or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization(s) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) as the Board of Directors shall determine. 

Section B. Any such assets disposed of shall be disposed of by the District Court of the County in which the Corporation is located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization(s) as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

February 4, 1987

Approved:
April 6, 1987

Amended:
April 18, 1988
May 21, 1990 
October 15, 1990 
June 26, 1991 
June 22, 1992 
April 20, 1995 
December 14, 1995 
April 22, 1996 
February 17, 2000 
December 2, 2003 
July 1, 2009 
December 16, 2011 
August 2014 
January 1, 2017

Note: "Parent" refers to board members who have children enrolled at Hilltop. "Public" refers to board members who do not have children enrolled at Hilltop.

Committees

Parents are encouraged to join one or more of the following committees that support teachers and staff, families, special events and the fiscal well-being of the Hilltop Child Development Center.

If you are interested in serving on a committee, please fill out the Hilltop Committee Volunteer Form.


Teacher/Staff

The goal of the Teacher/Staff Committee is to support teachers in appreciation events, possible fundraising for classrooms, and other ways to be determined.


Finance

In the spring of each year, the Finance Committee is responsible for reviewing the budget requested by Hilltop’s Executive Director and Finance Director for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins August 1. The committee reviews this budgets, asks questions, and requests adjustments before it is presented to the entire board for a vote.


Family Support

The goal of the Family Support Committee is to ensure that Hilltop families receive access to resources they need at Hilltop and in the KU and Lawrence communities, and to encourage relationships among Hilltop families. The committee hopes to enlist parent volunteers to serve on this committee and seek parental input to help determine the direction of the committee.


Special Events

The Special Events Committee plans and coordinates a few events each year that promote Hilltop and develop strong working relationships with the Lawrence community. One of the biggest events held each year is the Hilltop Hustle SK Race.


Events
Accredited since 1987 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
KU student, staff, and faculty families receive priority on the waiting list
Sliding fee schedule and scholarship fee subsidies
Warm, loving care coupled with developmentally appropriate curriculum
KU families from across the nation and world bring diversity to Hilltop classrooms
Lead teachers hold degrees in child development, early childhood education, or elementary education
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