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Prospective Board Members

Prospective Board Members

Thank you for your interest in becoming a board member at Our Community School. Below is an overview of the Board, its roles and responsibilities, and a link to the school brochure and the Board application. Should you have any questions please contact board@ourcommunityschool.org.

MISSION
Our Community School (OCS) is a tuitionfree, K8 public charter school where staff members, students and families collaborate in the ongoing process of education. Our diverse and caring community balances academics with creativity, thereby fostering independent thinkers, problem solvers and leaders. We nurture multiple aspects of a child’s development: physical, emotional, intellectual, artistic and social. We empower students to become informed and ethical members of our democratic society. We foster community involvement and service as a
key to successful living. OCS is dedicated to the quality education of children and in doing so was named 2009 Charter School of the Year in California.

WHO IS OCS?
Founded in 2005, OCS is a K8 span school offering two classes per grade level. As an independent charter school, OCS is publicly funded and responsible for all things pertaining to the daily operation and governance of the school, including managing it’s own budget, its onsite administration, professional development, curriculum and methodology and delivery of instruction to an ethnically and economically diverse student population. Within the borders of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in the San Fernando Valley, OCS is located at 10045 Jumilla Avenue in Chatsworth, California.

OCS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The OCS Board of Directors is a self-appointed Board, comprised of five to fifteen members including four parent members, one teacher representative and other members of the broader community. In addition, the PTO President and Principal of OCS sit on the Board as nonvoting members. A Board term is two years and Board members may serve two consecutive twoyear terms. The Board’s role is to provide academic, fiscal, and fundraising oversight as it upholds the school’s mission and vision. The Board is responsible for hiring and evaluating the Principal’s performance on an annual basis. The Board of Directors meets ten to twelve times annually. In addition to these meetings all Board members are required to serve on at least one of three Board committees (Development, Finance or Governance). Further, all Board members are expected to participate in and assist with the fundraising for OCS, as well as be present at various school functions. Below you will see the Board members roles and responsibilities agreement that every Board member is required to sign.

OCS BOARD MEMBER ROLES
  • Board members work collaboratively to ensure the mission and vision of the school.
  • Board members maintain high ethical standards in their oversight of the school.
  • Board members speak with one voice once a decision is made or resolution passed.
  • Board members have substantive knowledge or skills in areas complementary to the needs of the Board, and share these skills to accomplish the school’s goals and priorities.
 
OCS BOARD MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Act as steward of the school’s mission and an informed advocate for OCS and its role in the community.
  • Oversee fiscal health, legal matters and regulations related to OCS.
  • Prepare for, attend, and participate in ALL Board meetings, including an annual Board retreat.
  • Prepare for, attend meetings, and participate in at least one committee (Governance, Finance, or Development).
  • Work collaboratively on the resolution of issues that come before the Board while keeping personal, professional, and family interests separate from Board business.
  • Maintain confidentiality, as per Brown Act, on all matters discussed during closed sessions.
  • Make a personally sacrificial & unrestricted financial gift to OCS and actively participate in fundraising.
  • All Board members must complete a Form 700.
  • Attend a minimum of THREE school/community events.
  • Visit classrooms and observe the instructional program.
  • Hire, support and maintain effective communication with the Principal.
 
Please CLICK HERE for a Board Application: