Despite opening for operations as California’s first charter school in 1994, SCCLC was not a separately incorporated legal entity until recently. In March 2011, SCCLC began operating as a nonprofit public benefit corporation (formed under the laws of the State of California, California Corporations Code §§ 5110 – 6910) and is governed by its articles of incorporation, the corporation Bylaws (attached below) and the SCCLC Charter. The purpose of this corporation is to manage, operate, guide, direct, and promote SCCLC.
The SCCLC Board of Directors (also known as the Governance Council, or GC) is made up of parents, staff, and community members. The Board of Directors is responsible for certain operations as listed in the SCCLC Charter, including Charter implementation; staffing; budget development and approval; school calendar; school policies and procedures; and resolving parent concerns and complaints.
The Board currently consists of the following people:
- Matt Kowitt (Chair) – Family Representative, term ending 6/30/2018
- Leigh Casamento – Family Representative, term ending 6/30/2018
- Danielle deBrier (Vice Chair) – Family Representative, term ending 6/30/2017
- Jason Gische – Family Representative, term ending 6/30/2017
- Olin Palmer – Family Representative, term ending 6/30/2017
- Jessica Burtis-Linderman – Staff Representative
- Robert Porter – SCSD Representative
- Alice Miller – Community Representative
- Sonya Sigler – Business Representative
SCCLC’s Bylaws (attached below) detail its election procedures, board responsibilities and conflict of interest policy, as well as other things. Since the SCCLC Board is the governing body for a public school (a “local legislative body”) it follows the Brown Act, which is a law detailing requirements that are meant to keep public decision making out in the open.
Meetings: The Board holds Regular meetings on the second Wednesday of the month. These Regular meetings usually begin at 7 pm and generally take place on the SCCLC campus. As needed, Special Meetings and Emergency Meeting may also be held. Board meetings are “meetings in public” not “meetings of the public.” These are working sessions where the Board conducts the business of the school. There are specific agenda sections for community comments in which community members may say what they like. By law the Board can only address what is listed as an agenda item, so Board members cannot respond to comments made during this community comment period, with the exception of asking for clarifying details.
Communication with Board Members: Members of the community are encouraged to communicate directly with Board members. However, the Board may only take action when an item is on an agenda and action is taken with a quorum present. No Board member may act or represent the Board individually to others in the community, unless the Board has delegated authority to that individual for that specified or limited purpose.
Email Use: The Board encourages community members to send specific concerns to one or two Board members rather than the entire Board. Board members may not copy a quorum of other Board members when responding to a message (and even copying fewer than a quorum could lead to a Board member unintentionally violating the “serial meeting” provisions in the Brown Act).
Board Decision-Making: The Board makes most decisions by majority vote, although minor decisions may be made by informal consensus. The Board does not follow Roberts Rules of Order; significant votes will be in response to a motion that has been stated by one member, seconded by another member and discussed and voted on by the members participating in the meeting.
Agendas and Minutes
Current agendas and minutes for GC Board meetings are currently posted here.
Older agendas and minutes for GC Meetings can be found here.
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