Self-Governance


Effective governance is critical for any high-quality school. 

What's Different About a Charter School?

Charter schools are unique in that decisions are made at the single school level - vs. at the district level - regarding key matters including academic performance measures, curriculum, personnel and budget allocations. In practical terms, this means that a Charter school is free to pursue a math curriculum that's different from the standard, district-approved math curriculum or to prioritize its budget dollars in ways that may differ from the rest of the school district. 

Governance at Stargate

Stargate, like other Charter schools, is independently managed by a Governance board with the autonomy to pursue the school's educational objectives. Essentially, the role of a Stargate Board member is two-fold: (1) to exercise final authority in matters affecting the charter school; and, (2) to ultimately be held accountable to the Charter Authorizer (Adams 12 School District) for the school’s academic performance, financial health and compliance with applicable laws and regulations. To help you better understand these roles and duties, visit the Stargate School Governance Handbook “Charter School 101” document. 

Choosing Board Members

Stargate Board members are elected to their positions, typically for three-year terms. Eligible voters include parents of enrolled Stargate students and school staff. For more information, visit the Elections page. It is the responsibility of all community members to participate in elections.

Stargate's Leadership Team 

The role of a Board Member at Stargate is different from that of the school's Executive Director. As the governing entity, the Board is charged with developing school policies and setting goals and expectations. The Executive Director serves as the school’s manager and is in charge of implementing the Board’s policies and carrying out the school’s academic and operational programs on a day-to-day basis. The Board assesses “what” needs to get done, while the Executive Director is entrusted with “how” to do it.


 Responsibility Stargate Governance Board Stargate Executive Director
 

Financial Management
  • Approves annual budget
  • Reviews periodic financial reports
  • Ensures proper internal controls are in place
  • Prepares annual budget with input from Board/finance committee
  • Oversees preparation of periodic financial reports
  • Implements proper financial controls
 

Academic Excellence
  • Ensures academic benchmarks: examines whether "the what" are being met or are on target to be met
  • Offers oversight of academic program through the Unified Improvement Plan
  • Delivers academic program aligned with Charter contract’s specifications
  • Determines how the instructional program is delivered


Compliances and Human Resources
  • Establishes personnel policies that adhere to state, federal & local requirements
  • Approves salary scale & benefits packages offered by school
  • Determines qualifications & hires staff
  • Conducts performance evaluations of staff
  • Responsible for management of school personnel


How Can I Participate?

Stargate community members play an active role in supporting our school's Governance by:

* Voting in Elections, typically held in the Fall and Spring

* Reading Board updates, distributed after each Board meeting

* Joining a Board level Committee

* Attending Board meetings and staying informed about school issues

* Getting to know your Board Members and asking questions

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