DECISION MAKING POLICY (Download PDF)
Proper decision-making is an important part of the effective functioning of the school. The way in which decisions get made at the Academy says a great deal about what we value. At the Academy we value respect, room for disagreement, consideration of multiple perspectives, transparency and due-diligence. We reflect our mission to foster meaningful growth in the nine master virtues by incorporating these virtues into the decision making process. The board follows the Carver model of board-governance whereby the board establishes the ends and the staff determines the means to carry out these ends. The board stays out of the day-to-day operations and focuses on governance work at the scheduled meetings. In order to balance expediency, transparency and thoroughness we have developed the following policy to provide guidance and clarification in decision-making at the Academy.
You may place matters directly related to school district business on the agenda by emailing a request to Eric Churchill, PhD, chairman of the Board of Directors. Please include all supporting material. The Superintendent or designee will determine whether the matter is directly related to school district business. Emailed requests must be received at least 10 working days prior to the meeting date. Email Dr. Churchill at email@example.com.
If you request to speak about a matter of school district business not on the agenda, you will be invited to make your remarks during the “Public Testimony on Items Not Listed on Agenda” portion of the agenda. Limited discussion may take place on the part of the Board on an item which has not received public notice by being listed on the agenda. However, after receiving public testimony, the Board Chair or any member of the Board may recommend placing such item(s) on the agenda of a future meeting or refer the item(s) to staff for a report.
WHEN YOU ARE RECOGNIZED TO SPEAK
Please state your name and address for the record, and direct your remarks to the chair. Remarks by persons addressing the Board of Education shall be limited to five (5) minutes per person for agenda items (30 minutes total) and three (3) minutes for non-agenda items (30 minutes total), unless the Board agrees to extend the time. No person shall orally present or discuss, at any meeting of the Board, charges or complaints against an individual employee. Remarks by any person addressing the Board which reflect adversely upon the political, religious, racial or economic views, character, or motives of any person are out of order.
Agendas of meetings will be made available on our website three days before the meeting date.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Board of Directors meetings are generally held at 3601 Linden Avenue or 1637 Long Beach Blvd. the first Wednesday of every month. Please check posted agendas for accurate dates, times, and location.
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