The California Montessori Project Board consists of a broad cross-section of professionals with the skills necessary to appropriately oversee the operation of the organization. These members may have, among other valuable traits, experience in education, business, technology, facilities, leadership development and organizational development.
The CMP Board of Directors will be responsible for the operation and fiscal affairs of the School including but not limited to:
- The general policies of the School;
- Approval and monitoring of the School’s annual budget;
- Receipt of funds for the operation of the School in accordance with the charter school laws;
- Solicitation and receipt of grants and donations consistent with the mission of the School;
- Approving the School’s personnel policies and monitoring the implementation of these policies by the Principal and/or duly constituted committees;
- Hiring and evaluating the Superintendent;
- Approval of contracts with outside entities or persons over ten thousand dollars;
- Financial audit oversight; and
- All matters related to Charter approval, amendment, or revocation.
The Charter School Board of Directors may initiate and carry out any program or activity that is not in conflict with or inconsistent with any law and which is not in conflict with the purposes for which charter schools are established.
Governing Board Elections
Role and Responsibilities of the CMP Governing Board
The California Montessori Project is a non-profit corporation which operates six charter schools in the Sacramento region. The Board governs the non-profit corporation; it does not directly oversee day-to-day operations of CMP schools. The Governing Board is legally responsible for (1) CMP’s compliance with applicable law, with the terms of CMP’s charters, and with the organization’s own mission; (2) CMP’s annual budget and fiscal solvency; (3) policies which apply to the organization as a whole and; (4) strategic planning for the network as a whole.
The Governing Board is also responsible for hiring the superintendent of CMP, who answers directly to the Board. Individual campuses are run by the principals under the supervision of the superintendent, and with the involvement of the local Campus Advisory Boards. The CMP Governing Board does not generally decide issues specific to individual campuses, and is not involved in hiring staff other than the superintendent. Parents who wish to be involved in matters directly related to their child’s campus are encouraged to join their Campus Advisory Board.
The CMP Governing Board may consist of the following members:
- up to four parent representatives, one from each charter (elected by CMP parents);
- one Community Representative (appointed by the Board);
- two Business Representative (appointed by the Board);
- one Montessori Representative (appointed by the Board);
- one Charter Representative (appointed by the Board);
- up to four District Representatives, one from each of CMP’s authorizing school districts (appointed by their respective districts; districts may choose if they will have a representative on the CMP Board).
Responsibilities of Governing Board Members
Under California law, each member of the Governing Board has a “fiduciary duty” to the California Montessori Project as a whole. This means each member has an obligation to act in the best interests of the non-profit corporation. The Governing Board is legally responsible for CMP’s actions.
Governing Board members are expected to attend the monthly meeting of the Board (usually the second Monday evening of the month), plus an annual day-long retreat. Governing Board members will be expected to serve on committees and fulfill other roles as directed by the Board.
Governing Board members generally serve three-year terms. Board members may run for re-election at the conclusion of their terms. The Bylaws provide for filling vacancies as needed due to resignations or changed status mid-term.
Interested in Joining the Governing Board?
Joining the CMP Governing Board is a wonderful way to support your child’s education and serve your community. As a member of the Governing Board you will be directly involved in providing a high quality, tuition-free Montessori education to a diverse population of children. The Governing Board benefits from the wide variety of skills, experiences, and backgrounds of its members. If you would like more information, please speak to your child’s principal, to the Superintendent, Brett Barley at email@example.com, or to the Governing Board Secretary, Carrie Klagenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 971-2432.