Governance Council Charter Board

Encino Charter Elementary School Governance Council

As a district-affiliated charter school, Encino Charter Elementary School (ECES) has significant autonomy over policies, programs, and procedures at the school. The school's Governance Council, comprised of elected teacher, parent, and staff representatives, participates in decisions regarding curriculum, hiring, budget, enrollment, and day-to-day and long-term concerns. The Governance Council Charter Board acts in an advisory role to the school's administration.

 

Governance Council Composition

There are 12 representatives on the Governance Council Charter Board. 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.

 

Staff Representatives:

Christine Chun, Principal 

Patrice Bouffard, Teacher (2nd grade) Board Member

Susan Cummings, Librarian Board Member

Ruth Mishkot, Teacher (5th grade) Board Member

Ivy Thorne, Teacher (K) Board Member

Alex Zwick, Teacher(4th grade) Board Member 

 

Parent Representatives

Alex Wolfe,  Chairperson / Parent Board Member 

Lara Tochner, Vice Chairperson / Parent Board Member            

Marissa Caudill, Secretary / Parent Board Member  

Geraldine Hernandez-Abisror, Parliamentarian / Parent Board Member 

Emily McGowen, Parent Board Member 

Cynthia Weichelt, Parent Board Member

 

 

 

Meetings

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

If you want to place an item on the agenda and/or have a concern or idea you wish to make known to the Council, please contact the main office or you can also raise an issue during the Public Comment period. Public Comments are limited to three minutes per speaker, per issue. You will be asked to sign in at the beginning of the meeting. Monthly meeting times and dates are posted on the school calendar and are announced in ECES 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 and can also be found on the school's website.

Committees

The Council has established certain advisory committees in order allow broader participation and 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. Committee meetings are posted on the school calendar and on the Governance bulletin boards. There are no requirements to being a member of any of these committees. Any member of our school’s community can attend committee meetings and speak and vote on the issues. 

Our standing committees include:

 

Personnel/Hiring
Curriculum and Instruction
Positive Behavior
Safety
 

Ad hoc committees are established when a specific issue requires a dedicated team to conduct research before a governance decision is made. 

Get Involved in Our School's Future

Participation in the Governance Council is informative, rewarding, and vital to our school's future. Here are a few ways you can become involved:

  • Attend monthly meetings – meetings are open to the public and details can be found on the website and in the school wide email blast
  • Stay up-to-date by reading meeting minutes and committee reports on the website (posted after each meeting)
  • Consider running to become a parent representative in our next election
  • Become involved in the school's future – seek out Council representatives when you have a concern, idea, or want to participate on a committee