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Governance

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 spending of charter block grant funds and the roll out of new programs. 
 
Governance Council Composition
There are 15 representatives on the Governance Council. Elections are held in spring of each year to fill vacant Governance Council positions. Representatives are elected to a two-year term by the respective constituencies. 
 
Parent Representatives
Sybil Azur, Council Secretary, Executive Committee
Jim Becher, Parent Representative
Nicole Harris-Johnson, Council Co-Chairperson, Executive Committee
Barbara King-Wilson, Council Co-Chairperson Executive Committee
Teresa May, Parent Representative
Julia Olson, Parent Representative
Robin-Lamel-Adler, Parent Representative (Alternate)
Heather Elise MacLeod, Parent Representative (Alternate)
 
Staff Representatives
Erin Haynes, Principal, Executive Committee 
Pearl Brinkley, Classified Represenative
Caryn Burkhart, Parliamentarian
Kristine Nevills, Council Vice Chairperson, Executive Committee
Jenifer Roosevelt, Teacher Representative
Jenni Sawin-Gerdes, Teacher Representative
 
Meetings
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. 

 

If you would like to be included on the agenda, please fill-out the attached SUBMISSION FORM, provide a draft proposal and supporting materials and either drop-off completed submissions in the front office or email rdcsgovernance@gmail.com.  All agenda items must be submitted at least two weeks in advance.  The Executive Committee will review your request and may provide feedback on your proposal. Draft Proposals and Supporting materials must accompany all submissions.  Upon receipt of materials, you’ll receive an emailed confirmation.  No incomplete submissions will be considered.  Any supporting materials received after submission will push agenda item to the following month.

Committees

  • Arts
  • School-wide Positive Behavior and Attendance (Ad Hoc)
  • Budget/Finance
  • Community Involvement
  • Curriculum
  • Garden
  • Grant Writing
  • Campus Beautification
  • Technology/Strategic Planning

Our Charter Committees need more involvement from all stakeholders (teachers/staff, parents and anyone invested in RDCS’ continued success) to see the changes that are necessary to make us the best school in the Valley! If you’d like to add your voice to the conversation by participating on one of these committee(s), please contact the committee vice-chair for more information at: rdcsgovernance@gmail.com