Parents Advocating Student Success, Inc. (PASS)

Mission and Purpose

PASS, or Parents Advocating Student Success, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit organization that is autonomous from the Verona Area School District (VASD).

The primary role of PASS is to grow and maintain relationships with the Verona Area School District (VASD), the Verona Area School Board (VASB) and Verona and surrounding communities. 

PASS does this by:

  • Holding the Verona Area Core Knowledge Charter School's charter contract with VASD
  • Working with the district on contract updates and renewal every 5 years
  • Assuring continued contract compliance
  • Generating funding opportunities for the CKCS Endowment Fund held through Madison Community Foundation
  • Distributing the distributions from the CKCS Endowment Fund to the school

The PASS Board of Directors consists of five volunteer parent members who are elected for 1-year terms in an election held by the Parent Round Table (PRT) each spring. Of the five PASS members, two are the Governing Council (GC) President and Treasurer. In addition to the Board of Directors parent volunteers serve as PASS Officers heading committee activities.

Members and Positions


Linda Hmielewski
Board of Directors


Jill Kisting
Board of Directors

Vice President

Coleen Rupnow
Board of Directors


Laura Richardson
Board of Directors

GC Representative

Annita Wozniak
Board of Directors

GC Representative

Dave Vogt




Partner with PASS


Established with Madison Community Foundation in 2016, the CKCS Endowment Fund creates long term financial sustainability for our program continuing to grow and generate revenue for the school to maintain materials, classroom needs, operating costs, and scholarships to our alumni.  This fund assures a life time of success for current and future generations of students.  The focus of the first distributions of the Endowment will help expand the CKCS Makerspace.

Inspire Signs

"The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action." - Herbert Spencer 

CKCS is proud to launch it's "Inspire" campaign.  Our Inspire Partners will have the opportunity to cultivate positive thoughts and attitudes through their inspire sign.  Signs will be wall mounted and located outside of CKCS classrooms, offices, and through out the school.  As an Inspire Partner you will select a quote* to have displayed for the 2018-19 school year.  


The 1st CKCS Golf Scramble in 2017 was a huge success with sponsors, golfers, and donors coming together to raise over $5,500 towards the CKCS Endowment Fund.   Our 2nd outing is schedule for August 25th, 2018.


VACKCS.com is an information center for the CKCS families, staff and surrounding communities.

Serve on PASS

PASS has two opportunities to serve - as a Board Director or a Corporate Officer. 

Join a Team

A great way to put your talents to use is to join a PASS Team.  These teams specialize in a variety of areas - Events, Website, Grants, and Community Outreach.

CKCS Relocation 2020


The Verona Area School District (VASD) is beginning the relocation and remodeling process.  More information about the process coming soon!!

Contact PASS

Drop us a line!

Parents Advocating Student Success, Inc.