Governing Documents: Documents guiding the governance of IPCS include, but are not limited to, Acts 62 and 187, Hawaii Revised Statutes, 1999; this Implementation Plan (IP), including its references; the charter to be issued; union contracts (as may be modified) between the HSTA, HGEA, and UPW, the State and County of Hawaii, and the LSB; federal statutes pertaining to education; federal and state health and safety laws and regulations; and contracts and Memoranda of Agreements that may from time to time be established between the school and other agencies and entities.
Local School Board: The governance of the School shall be the sole province of the Innovations Public Charter School Local School Board (LSB), which shall provide authority on matters related to the operation of the school, including but not limited to fiscal, curricular, and operating procedures. Actions of the LSB shall be subject to applicable federal and state law and the school's charter contract with the State Board of Education. The LSB will empower the school's staff to execute the daily operations of the school and to develop innovative programs, examine issues of educational leadership and of progress toward meeting the stated goals of the charter contract.
The Board will be comprised of one representative and one alternate from support staff and community at-large; two representatives and two alternates from instructional staff and parents of students attending the school; one Teacher/Director; and one student representative and one alternate (non-voting).
The support staff members will select the support staff representative and alternate; the community at-large member and alternate will be appointed by the Local School Board; the instructional staff will select the two instructional staff representatives and alternates; the parents of students attending the school will elect two parent representative and two alternates; and the students attending IPCS will elect one student representative and one alternate. Each should demonstrate an understanding and appreciation for the culture and norms of IPCS and alignment with its mission and goals. In addition, Board members must agree to abide by the School Board Code of Ethics. Each of the above constituent groups shall select or appoint representatives per the Bylaws. The teaching staff will nominate the Teacher/Director, with approval of the LSB.
General Responsibilities of the Board may include but are not limited to:
Point of Contact: Interim Board Chair -Barbara Woerner can be reached via e-mail: Barbara_Woerner@notes.k12.hi.us
Note that pursuant to the charter law and the Bylaws of the organization, the Teacher/Director does not have complete authority over all school matters; that power rests solely with the entire Local School Board.
IPCS Administration: IPCS will be managed by a Teacher/Director, assisted by a Business Manager and an Administrative Assistant. The staff will elect and the Board will approve a Teacher/Director for a two-year renewable term. The Business Manager will be selected by the Teacher/Director and approved by the Board. The school staff shall carry out the day-to-day administration of the school in a collaborative manner. Responsibilities of the Business Manager, Teacher/Director, and Administrative Assistant are as follows.
Teacher /Director: In addition to teaching responsibilities, the teacher/director will be in charge of the following:
As part of the IPCS planning phase, the Interim School Board along with the existing IPCS staff will continue to review and update existing policies and procedures that support a collaborative process of management for a teacher-directed school.
The Business Manager: Under the supervision of the T/D, the Business Manager will:
Administrative Assistant: The Administrative Assistant will carry out tasks to assist the Teacher/Director and Business Manager. The Administrative Assistant will perform tasks usually done by a school SASA.
The applicant group, the Interim Board, consists of Hawai'i public school teachers, a private school principal, parents and community members. The teaching staff is strong in elementary curriculum, grant writing and project implementation. Members of the group have expertise in technology, science, social studies, math, reading, gifted and special education, and school administration. The Interim Board members have all worked with elementary school students and offer a variety of resources which will enrich the development of the school and its curriculum. Collectively the group possesses the organizational, managerial, financial, pedagogical, legal, facilitation and conflict resolution skills necessary to open a public charter school.
The proposed teaching staff, licensed and employed by the Hawai'i Department of Education,consists of:
Bini Easley: BS in Elementary Education and Special Education; currently Kahakai 4th grade teacher. Mrs. Easley has been a teacher for 32 years and was last year's recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Elementary Science. She has developed a successful remedial reading program for at-risk students and has experience in project-based learning. She is involved in community activities as a tutor, a coach, and was actively involved with Special Olympics. She has served on several boards and was the West Hawai'i Boxing Commissioner. Expertise includes organizational, financial, and pedagogical skills.
Interim Board Members:
Gordan Bryson: Principal, Hawai'i Preparatory Academy Upper School (high school). Mr. Bryson has an extensive background in education and management. Awards include English Teacher of the Year - State of Hawai'i (1986), Ellbogen Meritorious Teaching Award (1998). Experiences include project coordinator for Big Island Writing Project; speaker and presenter for the National Endowment of the Humanities, the American Library Association and the "Let's Talk About IT" project; accreditation team for Western States' Accreditation Board for public and private schools. Expertise includes organizational, managerial, financial, pedagogical, legal, facilitation and conflict resolution skills.
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