Woodland Star is an independent California nonprofit corporation, a 501(c)3 corporation. The Charter Council, consisting of representatives from the community, faculty, and parents, serves as the board of directors of the corporation and is the final decision-making body of the school. A collaborative model governs Charter Schools. Therefore, the Charter Council considers recommendations from faculty, the Parent Association, and the administration in its decision-making.
The Charter Council is composed of nine (9) members. There are two (2) Woodland Star Charter School teachers, four (4) parents, and three (3) members appointed by the seated Council (these may be parents or community members, but not employees of the school). Parent representatives are chosen in an election sponsored by the Parent Association. Terms are for two years. Under California corporate law, board members must always act in the best interests of the whole of the corporation (school) in their decision-making and may not represent particular interests.
The Charter Council meets monthly on the third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. (check the school calendar for changes due to school breaks), with additional meetings added as needed. All Charter Council meetings are conducted in accordance with the Brown Act and applicable public meeting laws. The Charter Council reviews all Woodland Star Charter School programs to determine the effectiveness of charter school programs and provide direction for program improvements. The Executive Director reports directly to and is evaluated by the Charter Council.
Woodland Star Charter School is non-sectarian in its programs, admissions policies, employment practices, and all other operations, and it shall not charge tuition nor discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
The Charter Council and Executive Director oversee the following:
- Evaluation of staff
- Selection and assignment of staff
- Development of the charter program budget
- Development of annual program calendar