“Working together as a team helps build a cohesive organization.”
— Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
Active participation — One of the founding principles of Community Learning Center Schools is the active participation of stakeholders within our school communities. When community members actively participate, it develops learners and engages families, increases educational quality and results in a stronger and more vibrant community.
Strong and reliable structure — Though we are participatory communities, we also respect and value the roles and responsibilities of each of our component parts in order to ensure adherence to our educational vision and mission, maintain our values, achieve our strategic goals, improve our internal functioning and enhance our educational outcomes. To accomplish this, our organization must be strong but flexible, consistent yet responsive, and sustain a collaborative culture among the various components and constituents.
Organizational chart — The chart below shows the CLC Schools organizational structure, and outlines the relationships and functions of our various segments. Below the chart is a more detailed explanation of the role and responsibilities of the CLCS Governing Board of Directors, and the Nea Board of Directors.
Role and Responsibilities of CLCS Governing Board — The Community Learning Center Schools, Inc. Board of Directors is the senior governing authority for the Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC) and Nea Community Learning Center. The CLCS Board of Directors oversees the work of the ACLC and Nea Boards. The ACLC and Nea Boards are seated according to guidelines outlined in their charters.
The CLCS Board of Directors is composed of community, business and educational leaders, as well as parents and learners from both schools, and has the following roles and responsibilities:
• To ensure the alignment of ACLC and Nea with their missions and visions
• To monitor learner performance
• To approve the strategic and long-term plans of ACLC and Nea charter schools
• To approve all policies
• To ensure that all internal controls are effective
• To provide fiduciary oversight, including receipt of ongoing financial reports
• To approve budget and contracts (including MOU, charter revisions, etc.)
• To supervise the audit process and secure audit report approval
• To serve as the final authority on expulsions, personnel firing decisions, and legal actions.
• To serve as the appeal board for any ACLC or Nea Board recommended expulsions.
• To be responsible for any official interactions with AUSD and state, including the approval of funding applications and reports.
• To serve as the employer of all ACLC and Nea staff and to approve employee contracts, pay schedules, benefits, and other employee financial transactions.
• To serve as a review board, as approved by board policy, related to employee dismissal.
Nea Board Relationship and Role — Nea Community Learning Center is operated by CLCS, Inc., a California non-profit public benefit charter management corporation with 501(c)3 status, granted in 2006. Nea is operated as an independent charter school and is directly funded.
The Charter provides that the Nea Board is charged with development and oversight of policy, budget, organizational development, strategic planning, standards and curriculum, program evaluation, and maintaining the vision of the Nea Charter. All of this is reviewed and subject to CLCS Board of Directors approval.
Nea Board Scope of Authority and Responsibility — The Nea Board meets monthly (or more often as needed) and is charged with policy-making that affects particular areas of the Nea Community Learning Center. The CLCS Board empowers the Nea Board to decide matters pertaining to these issues:
• Graduation Standards, as long as they meet minimum chartering agency standards
• Budget proposals, subject to CLCS approval
• Strategic planning for Nea academic programs, subject to CLCS approval
• Day-to-day facilities issues