School Governance

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Carpenter Community Charter Governance Council

As a district-affiliated charter school, Carpenter has significant autonomy over policies, programs, and procedures at the school. The school’s Governance Council, comprised of elected teacher, parent, and staff representatives, participates in decisions regarding curriculum, hiring, budget, enrollment, and day-to-day and long-term concerns. The Governance Council acts in an advisory role to the school’s administration.

governance 2014-15
Front Row (left to right): Sharon Green, Hope Matthews, Carey Smith, Nick Glover
Second Row (left to right): Traci Meyer, Joe Martinez, Allison Mahurin, Christine Doryon
Third Row (left to right): Julie Stein, Debra Callabresi, Steven Johnson, Leony Keshishian
Back Row (left to right): Joel Madison Botwinick, Heidi Reber, Betsy Becker, Cheri Browner, Stacy Freiberg
Not pictured: Lourdes Diaz

Governance Council Composition

There are 18 representatives on the Governance Council. Elections are held in the spring of each year to fill vacant Governance Council positions. Representatives are elected to a two-year term by their respective constituencies. 

Parent Representatives

Heidi Reber, Council Chair, Executive Committee:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
?Steven Johnson, Council Vice Chair:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
?Allison Mahurin, Council Secretary:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
?Joel Madison Botwinick, Council Parliamentarian, PTA Representative:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
?Traci Meyer, PFC Representative:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
?Julie Stein, Parent Representative:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
?Debra Callabresi, Parent Representative:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
?Carey Smith, Parent Representative:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
?Lourdes Diaz, Parent Representative:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Staff Representatives

Joseph Martinez, Principal, Executive Committee
?Hope Matthews, Teacher Representative, Executive Committee:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
?Betsy Becker, UTLA Chapter Chair:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
?Cheri Browner, Teacher Representative:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
?Christine Doryon, Teacher Representative:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
?Stacy Freiberg, Teacher Representative:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
?Nick Glover, Teacher Representative:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
?Sharon Green, Teacher Representative:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
?Leony Keshishian, Classified Representative:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Meetings

Governance Council meetings are generally held every third Thursday of the month at 2:45 pm in Café West. Meetings are open to the public. Parents, guardians, and all members of the community are encouraged to attend.

If you want to place an item on the agenda and/or have a concern or idea you wish to make known to the Council, please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also raise an issue during the Public Comment period. Public Comments are limited to three minutes per speaker, per issue. You will be asked to sign in at the beginning of the meeting. Monthly meeting times and dates are posted on the school calendar and are announced in Carpenter’s weekly email blast. Meeting notices and agendas are posted on the Governance Council bulletin board in the school’s main hallway at least 72 hours in advance and can also be found on the school’s website.

 

2014 - 2015 Meetings:

Thursday, August 21
?Thursday, September 18
?Thursday, October 16
?Thursday, November 20
?Thursday, December 18
?Thursday, January 15 
?Thursday, February 19 
?Thursday, March 19
 ?Thursday, April 16
?Thursday, May 21

 

Committees

The Council has established certain advisory committees in order allow broader participation and to help the Council operate more efficiently as it works towards achieving the goals outlined in our charter. These committees meet separately from the Governance Council, but report their progress at the regular monthly Council meetings. Committee meetings are posted on the school calendar and on the Governance bulletin boards. Our standing committees include:

Budget & Finance
?Curriculum
?Grants
?Positive Behavior
Safety
?Strategic Planning
?Technology

 

Ad hoc committees are established when a specific issue requires a dedicated team to conduct research before a governance decision is made. Our current ad hoc committees include:

Attendance
Bylaws
Communications
?Elections
?Extracurricular Programs

 

Get Involved in Our School’s Future

Participation in the Governance Council is informative, rewarding, and vital to our school’s future. Here are a few ways you can become involved:

  • Attend monthly meetings – meetings are open to the public and details can be found on the website and in the school wide email blast
  • Stay up-to-date by reading meeting minutes and committee reports on the website (posted after each meeting)
  • Consider running to become a parent representative in our next election
  • Become involved in the school’s future – seek out Council representatives when you have a concern, idea, or want to participate on a committee

 

Upcoming Elections

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