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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.

2013-2014 Governance Photo

Top row: Andrew Barrett, Steven Johnson, Joel Madison Botwinick, Kevin Finkelstein, Mary Beth Fitzgerald, Eileen Duffy, Fabienne Melkanoff, Stacy Freiberg
Middle row: Julie Stein, Debra Callabresi, Joseph Martinez, Jill Saletta, Nick Glover, Leony Keshishian   
Bottom row: Heather Tonkins, Oona Hanson, Mary Sanchez, Hope Matthews

 

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. 

Updated 1/16/14

Parent Representatives

Oona Hanson, Council Chair, Executive Committee: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Stephen Johnson, Council Vice Chair: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Julie Stein, 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
Heather Tonkins, PFC Representative: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Andrew Barrett, 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
Heidi Reber, 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

 

Updated 1/16/14

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
Mary Sanchez, UTLA Chapter Chair: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Eileen Duffy, Teacher Representative: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Kevin Finkelstein, 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
Jill Saletta, 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 genenally held every third Thursday of the month, at 2:45 pm, in Café West. Meetings are open to the public, and 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.

 

2013 - 2014 Meetings:

Thursday, August 22
Thursday, September 19
Thursday, October 17
Thursday, November 21
Thursday, December 19
Thursday, January 16
Thursday, February 20
Thursday, March 20
Thursday, April 24
Thursday, May 15

 

 

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
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:

Communications
Elections
Extracurricular Programs
Enrollment Committee
Safety Committee

 

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

To be Announced...

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