Governance & Accountability
Governance Structure of Yuba River Charter School
The operating bodies of the school are the YRCS Board of Directors, the school administration, the Faculty, and the Parent Council. YRCS has established itself as a California nonprofit 501 (c)(3) nonprofit public benefit organization. YRCS is sponsored as a County-Wide Benefit Charter by the Nevada County Office of Education and Nevada County Superintendent of Schools. The Charter School operates autonomously from the County, with the exception of the County’s supervisory oversight as required by statute and other contracted services as negotiated between the County and the Charter School.
The day-to-day-work of the school is performed by the School administration and the Faculty with the Parent Council having an advisory role. The Board of Directors has the final responsibility and is accountable for the school and its operations.
Board of Directors
YRCS is governed by a Board of Directors (aka “Board”) with three parent representatives, three teacher representatives and up to three community members, chosen in accordance with the bylaws of the YRCS. The board meets on a monthly basis throughout the year and is an open public meeting.
The Board is the entity which is held accountable for the operation of the school. It is the responsibility of the Board to develop policies and put them in writing, so they serve as guidelines and goals for the successful and efficient functioning of the school. It will annually evaluate and update its policies.
The Board’s functions include:
- Overseeing that the school’s program and operation are faithful to the terms of its charter, bylaws, policies, and its mission statement;
- Adopting policies that further clarify and assist in maintaining the YRCS Mission and Educational Program;
- Ensuring that the school’s academic programs are successful. All YRCS academic programs are evaluated and reviewed annually by the Board. Evaluations are used to determine the effectiveness of the programs and provide direction for improvements;
- Ensuring that the school is financially solvent by planning and budgeting to meet the school’s goals;
- Hiring the Director and evaluating his/her performance yearly;
- Approving the hiring and termination of staff;
- Evaluating the school’s effectiveness by monitoring staff, parent, and student perspectives.
- Creating, serving on, and appointing people to necessary committees;
- Developing strategic planning and approving short and long term goals;
- Providing board orientation to all members, which includes introduction to the school and curriculum, classroom visits, and a binder of policies and information.
The Director shall represent the school administration and shall report directly to the Board.
Some of the Administration’s duties are to:
- Ensure the school’s educational program meets county, state and federal goals for academic performance;
- Assist and coordinate with faculty ongoing student assessment and evaluation tools;
- Oversee student admissions, attendance, and student records;
- Oversee special education program;
- Prepare the School Academic Report Card annually;
- Establish procedures to carry out the policies adopted by the Board;
- Evaluate and implement school safety plans;
- Supervise and evaluate annually all employees of the school;
- Compile hiring committees that include all stakeholders to oversee the hiring of all faculty and staff;
- Be the direct liaison between YRCS and Nevada County Superintendent of Schools (NCSoS);
- Be the direct liaison between YRCS and the community;
- Annually prepare and submit a budget to the Board;
- Maintain appropriate fiscal and program records necessary for annual audits;
- Propose to the council policies for discussion and possible adoption by the Board;
- Oversee formal Disagreements and Complaints according to policy;
- Support Board functions such as preparing agendas, board packets, and record keeping;
- Participate with the Faculty in ongoing curriculum training in alignment with the Mission and Educational Program, so as to provide effective, informed oversight.
The class teachers, who constitute the faculty, provide the day-to-day teaching of the children and as a group are the primary resources of the school. The faculty and support staff, including specialty teachers and classified paraprofessionals, shall report to the school administration. Some of the duties of the faculty are:
- The Faculty, working with the Administration, is responsible for the curricular development and implementation;
- The Faculty, working with the Administration, will assist and coordinate ongoing student assessment and evaluation tools;
- Participate in ongoing curriculum and pedagogical training in alignment with the Mission and Educational Program;
- The Faculty will work with parents in the creation and development of special activities of the school;
- The Faculty will provide active, representative participation in each sphere of YRCS governance through appointment of liaisons;
- The Faculty will promote the school’s mission and goals by fostering parent-teacher communication. Faculty members will hold regular class meetings and participate in the life of the school, including festivals, celebrations, outreach activities, and parent education seminars;
- The Faculty will serve as advocates for students and connect them to support services, activities, and opportunities. Faculty members will be cognizant of behavioral or academic changes in students that may warrant further attention.
YRCS serves the needs of the children and their families. The Parent Council represents and is an advocate for all parents of YRCS, referred to collectively as the Parent Body. They meet on a monthly basis during the school year and:
- Serve as the ears and voice of the parent body to the Faculty, Administration and Board of Directors;
- Coordinate and/or sponsor parent education, outreach, festivals, various committees, clubs, and other activities that contribute to the life of the school;
- Coordinate class and all-school fundraising activities and oversee the allocation and disbursement of funds that have been raised with oversight from the Business Manager;
- Provide for the support of the sports program;
- Selects parent member to the Hiring Committee;
- Organizes and oversees the election of parent representatives to the Board of Directors;
- Operates under and reports to the Board of Directors.
- Read more about the Role and Mission of the Parent Council……..
Parent Council Members: Class Representatives 2014-15
Parent Council Meeting Schedule: Parent Council Meeting Schedules 2015-16
At YRCS committees play a vital role in the running and operation of the school. Administrative committees support school functions that involve accountability and collaboration within the school community on administrative issues such as hiring and finances. Below is a listing of both standing and ad hoc committees. More……
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