KDNK Board of Directors
Keith Edquist - Secretary
leavitt at sopris.net
The KDNK Board meets on the second Monday of every month at KDNK office, 76 S. Second Street, Carbondale, CO 81623.
Board meetings are open to the public. Contact KDNK at 970 963-0139 for information.
KDNK Board of Directors OverviewKDNK has a board of directors whose primary purpose is to ensure that the organization is run effectively. KDNK's By-Laws specifies the details of how a board is elected and how it functions. The primary role of the board of directors is to insure that the organization:
Operates within state and federal laws.
Earns its money honestly and spends it responsibly.
Adopts programs and procedures most conducive to carrying out its mission.
KDNK Mission: KDNK provides public access radio that connects community members to one another and the world.
Board members are typically chosen for their demonstrated commitment to the organization and their long-term vision. They are an essential source of guidance and support for the staff who are charged with the day to day operations of running a radio station. Board members also serve as ambassadors for the station in its interface with the membership and the general public. In this capacity, it is important that board members understand their obligation to participate in fundraising efforts for the organization by making donations themselves and by soliciting donations from supporters through fundraising events and donor campaigns.
The responsibilities of board members typically fall into several broad categories:
Funding the organization. The board is responsible for the continued funding and financial health of KDNK. Board members are expected to both give and raise money.
Carrying out long range planning. The board sets aside time annually to discuss and
formulate long range plans for the organization. Since public radio is supported by the direct contributions of the membership, the board must listen to the input of its members and pledge to communicate with them and take their views into consideration. KDNK 2010-2013 Strategic Plan.
Ensuring fiscal accountability. The board approves and monitors KDNK's annual
budget and its monthly financial reports. They make sure that KDNK's resources, including the time of the volunteers and staff as well as money, are being used wisely.
Managing personnel. The board sets and periodically reviews personnel policies. They are responsible for hiring a capable manager who can run the day to day operations of the station and be responsible for hiring, supervising, and evaluating the staff. The board is the final arbiter of internal staff disputes and grievances and takes care to maintain positive staff-board relationships.
Ensuring oganizational continuity. The board develops leadership within the organization to maintain a mix of old and new people in both spheres.
Legal responsibility. The board of directors of KDNK is legally responsible for the organization. Legal documents are signed by the officers of the board. Therefore, it is essential that the board members know and approve all policies and programs and oversee their implementation. If the organization becomes the subject of a lawsuit, the board of directors can be held liable.
Serving on KDNK's board of directors is both a serious commitment and a rewarding endeavor. It can be a tremendously educational opportunity. When an organization is unified in its mission and the board of directors is clear about its roles and responsibilities many accomplishments follow and the membership enjoys the pleasure of being well served by those it has entrusted.
KDNK Board Policy
Current policies of the KDNK Board of Directors - Updated, Sept. 2010
The Board of Directors of Carbondale Community Access Radio (dba KDNK) consists of nine members, elected to serve three-year terms. In case of a midterm vacancy, the Board may appoint members to fill that vacated seat; that appointment is active for the remainder of that elected member’s original term. The Board may also, at its discretion, appoint up to three additional members to the Board to two-year terms.
Board of Director Terms. Board members become valid as soon as election results are announced at the November annual meeting, and expire at that annual meeting and election three years later. Retiring members are asked to come to the December meeting following the expiration of their term for introduction to new members, and for recognition of their service.
Board of Director Meetings. Regular Board meetings shall take place on the second Monday of each month. As of November 2009, meetings are held in the office of MasonMorse, 0290 Highway 133, Carbondale. Special Board meetings may also be called from time to time.
Notice of all regular or special Board meetings shall be made by posting the agenda at
the KDNK office/studios at 76 South 2nd Street no later than four days prior to the meeting. Notice of the time, date and place of Board meetings shall also be made both by press releases e-mailed to local newspapers and by public service announcements broadcast on KDNK.
Posting of Board of Director Meeting Minutes. Once approved, minutes shall be made available as part of the "KDNK Official Documents" kept in the KDNK General Manager's office at 76 S. 2nd St. Minutes may be sent via e-mail or regular mail to anyone who requests them.
Agenda items wll be called for via e-mail approximately one week prior to the meeting.
Anyone wishing to add items to the agenda may contact the Board Secretary at board at kdnk.org.
Bringing an issue to the Board: Members of KDNK or the general public may request iclusion on a Board meeting agenda to present a specific issue by contacting the station manager and/or a board member with a description of the item or issue to be discussed. Meeting agendas shall also include a “Public Comment” item for comments for topics not on the agenda.
Finance: The treasurer will report the budget v. actual and balance sheet in January, April,
July, and October. After an initial Board discussion in the October budget review, the Station Manager and Treasurer will compile the next year’s budget. In November the Board will evaluate the draft budget for final approval at the December meeting.
At any committee meeting at which it is anticipated that a quorum of Board members will be attending, public notice shall follow the same meeting notice procedure as regular Board
meetings. (A quorum is a simple majority of the current active members of the Board of Directors.)
The Executive Committee shall consist of the general manager and the four appointed officers of the board: president, vice president, treasurer and secretary.
The Executive Committee may meet prior to the regular board meeting to set the agenda and, if necessary, formulate recommendations to the full board on specific action items. The
committee may also meet as needed to address specific tasks as assigned by the full board.
The Executive Committee, in the event of any long-term absence or vacancy in the station manager's position, shall assume general management duties of the organization, or
otherwise delegate such duties to another staff member or interim manager.
The Board may appoint any number of working committees to focus on specific projects or tasks. Committees may not include more than four Board members. Committee appointments may be extended to members of the staff, the station's membership, or members of the community at large.
Advancement Committee: The Advancement Committee of the KDNK Board of
Directors serves two main functions. First, it serves an advisory role to fundraising goals for the station. Second, it supports the specific fundraising activities of the station. Committee members are asked to participate in quarterly conference calls (or face to face meetings if possible).
Nominating Committee: to be formed
Community Advisory Board
The Board of Directors of KDNK Community Access Radio has established a Community Advisory Board (CAB) in order to receive regular feedback from the community and to comply with certain requirements for stations that receive federal funding through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
The purpose of the CAB is to review the programming goals established by the station, the services to the communities provided by the station, and the significant policy decisions rendered by the station. The CAB may also be delegated additional responsibilities as determined by the Board of Directors of KDNK.
The CAB shall advise the governing body of the station with respect to whether the programming and other policies of the station are meeting the specialized educational and cultural needs of the communities served by the station, and may make recommendations, as it considers appropriate to meet such needs.
The role of the CAB shall be solely advisory in nature, except to the extent those other responsibilities are delegated to the CAB by the governing board of the station. In no case shall the CAB have any authority to exercise any control over the daily management or operation of the station.
The CAB is directed to meet at regular intervals; that members of the CAB shall make a good faith effort to attend all meetings; and that the CAB members nominated by the CAB and confirmed the governing board reasonably reflect the diverse needs and interests of the communities served by the station.