Riverside Drive Charter School has been granted a charter from LAUSD that provides us with the freedom and some funding to implement new and innovative programs at our school. RDCS initially petitioned for Charter status in 2011, and we have to renew every 5 years. In spring 2016, we revised our Charter Petition and LAUSD renewed our charter status. The Charter Petition document outlines the approach to education and monitoring that RDCS will have over the next 5 years, and identifies new programs that will be rolled out during that time. You can find the Charter Petition Document and the 5- Year Plan below.
Our charter status requires us to have a Governing Council that is responsible for overseeing decisions related to the spending of charter block grant funds and the roll-out of new programs.
Governance Council Composition 2019-2020 School Year
There are 12 representatives on the Governance Council. In addition, there is one parent alternate, one teacher alternate, and one classified alternate. Elections are held in the spring of each year to fill vacant Governance Council positions. Representatives are elected to a two-year term by the respective constituencies.
Teresa May, Council Co-Chairperson, Executive Committee
Robin Lamel-Adler, Council Co-Chairperson, Executive Committee
Julia Olsson, Council Secretary, Executive Committee
Heather Elise MacLeod, Council Parliamentarian, Parent Representative
Sybil Azur, Parent Representative
Sara Cohen, Parent Representative
Julian Lowe, Parent Representative (Alternate)
Nicole Richardson, Principal, Executive Committee
Caryn Burkhart, Council Vice Chairperson, Executive Committee, Teacher Representative
Mario Burrell, Teacher Representative
Kristine Nevills, Teacher Representative
Shelli Kachlon, Teacher Representative
Monica Farfan, Classified Representative
Peter Little, Classified Representative (Alternate)
Governance Council meetings are generally held every fourth Wednesday of the month at 3:00 pm. Meetings are open to the public. Parents, guardians, and all members of the community are encouraged to attend.