There are five members now — the minimum needed by the school’s bylaws to operate. The terms of several board members will expire at the end of this month.
Board co-vice president Abe Jones expressed concern that some of the applicants for the board were related to people who worked at the school or otherwise had conflicts of interest. The board has a public meeting next week at the school to discuss seating new members.
So, how can a board of less than 5 appoint anyone if once they are less than five they cease to legally exist. If the DOE does not intervene and force SBOE action to replenish the board, and apparently make sure it is done with fidelity to the concept of independence from the school leader as Abe Jones seems to suggest is a problem in the applications thus far, it will just be another in a long list of DOE charter compliance oversights.
Relevant sections of code:
§ 512. Approval criteria.
Charter school applications shall be in the form established by the approving authority and shall be approved if, after the exercise of due diligence and good faith, the approving authority finds that the proposed charter demonstrates that:
(1) The individuals and entities submitting the application are experienced and qualified to start and operate a charter school, and to implement the school’s proposed educational program. Certified teachers, parents and members of the community in which the school is to be located must be involved in the development of the proposed charter school. At the time at which the school commences its instructional program and at all times thereafter, the board of directors must include a teacher from at least 1 of the charter schools operated by the board and at least 1 parent of a student enrolled in a charter school operated by the board;