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Governance

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, focuses on fulfilling the objectives and goals outlined in our school’s Charter. The Council acts in an advisory role to the school's administration in a range of areas including curriculum, hiring, budget, safety, enrollment, and establishment of local policy.

Governance Council Composition

There are 16 representatives on the Governance Council. Elections are held in the fall of each year to fill vacant Governance Council positions. Representatives are elected to a two-year term by their respective constituencies.

Parent Representatives

Kirsten Abdo, Council Chair, Executive Committee: carpentergovernance@gmail.com / kirsten.abdo@gmail.com
Noah Greenberg, Council Secretary: greenberg.noah@gmail.com
Renece Salaam, Council Vice Chair: renecesalaam@yahoo.com
Mike Watts, Council Parliamentarian: mikewatts1023@gmail.com
Jennifer DeRosa Collins, Parent Representative: jenniferderosa@hotmail.com
Danica Liberman, Parent Representative: danicaliberman@gmail.com
Erin Matzkin, Parent Representative: erinmatzkin@gmail.com
Colin Sweeney, Parent Representative: sweeneycolin@yahoo.com
David Rubio, First Alternate Parent Representative: rubiodr@yahoo.com
Stacey Slichta, Second Alternate Parent Representative: Sjslichta@gmail.com

Staff Representatives

Joseph Martinez, Principal, Executive Committee: Call School Office
Melodie Hong, Teacher Representative, Executive Committee: mjj0329@lausd.net
Brenda Corona, Teacher Representative: cccbcorona@gmail.com
Stacy Freiberg, Teacher Representative: sfreiberg@roadrunner.com
Nick Glover, Teacher Representative: nag8442@lausd.net
Alisha Jenkins, Teacher Representative: alisha.jenkins@lausd.net
Richard London, Teacher Representative: rmlondon17@gmail.com
Heidi Reber, Teacher Representative: heidi.reber@lausd.net
Christine Colbert, Alternate Teacher Representative: ccolbert@lausd.net

Meetings

Governance Council meetings are generally held every third Thursday of the month at 2:45 pm in room 42. These meetings are always open to the public. Parents, guardians, and all members of the community are encouraged to attend.

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 of meetings and can also be found on the school's website.

If you would like an item on the agenda and/or have a concern or idea you wish to make known to the Council, please contact carpentergovernance@gmail.com a minimum of one week before the next scheduled meeting. You are also welcome to raise an issue during the public comment period of the meeting, keeping in mind that public comments are limited to three minutes per speaker, per issue. You will be asked to sign in at the beginning of the meeting.

Committees

The Governance Council has established advisory committees 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 and report their progress at the regular monthly Council meetings. All member of our school’s community are encouraged to attend committee meetings. In committee meetings, all attendees are welcome to speak and vote on issues. There are no requirements to be a member of any of committee. Involvement in committees allows broader participation by giving all stakeholders the opportunity to contribute, research, and make recommendations to our school Council.

Standing committees generally meet monthly. Meetings are posted on the school calendar and are announced in Carpenter's weekly email blast. Ad hoc committees are established when a specific issue requires a dedicated team to conduct research before a governance decision is made. Ad hoc committee meeting information will be posted on the school calendar and announced in Carpenter's weekly email blast. All meeting dates, times, and locations are subject to change based on other school events. Please be sure to check the school calendar before any meeting you plan to attend.

Standing committees:
Budget & Finance – To Be Announced
Curriculum – Last Wednesday of the each at 2:30pm; Contact Noah Greenberg for zoom info
Diversity/Equity/Inclusion (DEI) - Second Thursday of each month at 2:30pm; Contact Renece Salaam for zoom info
Positive Behavior – First Wednesday of each month at 7pm; Contact Jennifer DeRosa or Laura Shay Griffin for zoom info
Safety – Second Monday of each month at 8am; Contact Oliver Latsch for zoom info
Strategic Planning – Second Wednesday of each month at 3pm; Contact Colin Sweeney for zoom info
Technology – Every six weeks at 3pm (10/20/20, 12/1/20, 1/12/21, 2/23/21, 4/6/21, 5/18/21); Contact Steve Gruschow for zoom info

Ad hoc committees:
Attendance
Bylaws
Communications
Elections
Extracurricular Programs
Grants