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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. 
Parent Representatives
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)
Staff Representatives
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. 


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  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 the agenda item to the following month.


  • 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: