WPCS Board Committees and Descriptions
*Those interested in a board position should inquire with the President or Vice President at the start of the school year.
* Meeting Minutes are available by request in the front office. While the school remains closed due to Covid-19 requests may be sent to email@example.com.
Chair, Governance Committee
Co- Chair, Governance Committee
The Governance Committee is tasked with ensuring that the board of directors is functioning appropriately and efficiently. They shall assess the needs of the Board of Directors and make suggestions for the ongoing successful governance of the school. They shall recommend actions to be taken by the Board, interpret policies and actions of the Board, and, subject to applicable law, exercise the powers and functions of the Board as may be necessary between meetings of the Board. This committee will facilitate board elections each year. Additionally, they serve as a nominating committee that works to identify and recruit for board chair positions. They establish needed board expertise and utilize a skills matrix and regular communication with the full board and staff to facilitate that process. They facilitate trainings, retreats and orientations for the full board. The committee takes the lead in conducting annual evaluations of the Executive Director and Principal.
Chair, Finance Committee
The Finance Committee, in conjunction with the Executive Director, prepares the annual budget, ensures that the Board engages a qualified auditor for an annual examination of the financial statements, and ensures that there is timely and adequate management of financial resources and reporting to enable the Board to monitor the organization’s financial resources. Members of the Finance Committee review and provide input into the operating and capital project budget plans that are in keeping with the School’s current and long term goals. Membership on this committee is limited to financial professionals.
Chair, Communications Committee
The Communications Committee has responsibility for fostering communications between the Board of Directors and School Members, as well as the general community. That may include, but is not limited to: hosting on and off campus enrollment events, blogging, attending community forums, facilitating a regular newsletter, and other marketing as needed. They shall ensure branding is maintained and all communications reflect the mission and vision of the school.
Chair, Diversity, Inclusion & School Culture Committee
The Diversity, Inclusion & School Culture Committee is responsible for the development of a comprehensive plan to expand and develop programs that promote positive behavior, respect for all cultures and diversity throughout the school. The goal is to create a more inclusive community in all realms of the School, grounded in respect and appreciation for individual differences. The Committee seeks to provide programs and resources that enhance knowledge and encourage understanding of inclusivity. The Committee strives to provide leadership, dialogue, and resources for faculty, students, and families. The impetus for this work has to come from every part of Watershed’s community.
Chair, Classroom Parent & Wellness Committee
The Classroom Parent & Wellness Committee is responsible for organizing classroom volunteers, field trip chaperones, after school clubs, wellness initiatives and assisting with in-school events (book fairs, field days, etc.) This committee will also work to coordinate communications and outreach to the families of WPCS. This committee shall facilitate the implementation and administration of the Family Commitment policy by encouraging, tracking, and reporting volunteer hours. Additional work of this committee may include the creation and distribution of the Family Commitment form.
Chair, Community Engagement & Events Committee
The Community Engagement & Events Committee is responsible for planning and executing special events, establishing community partnerships, planning school outreach events, and working towards parent engagement. This committee will work in concert with the Fundraising Committee. The Community Engagement & Events Committee generally seeks to build a strong relationship between school members and between the school and the community.
Chair, Environmental Action Committee & Facility Committee
The Environmental Action and Facility Committee is responsible for garden volunteers, outdoor spaces, recycling program, facilitating service projects, and reviewing school environmental integration initiatives. They are also responsible for coordinating facilities volunteers and small improvement projects. This committee assists in creating a well-maintained learning environment for the students of WPCS. The committee reviews the current status and future needs of the School’s facilities. Members of the Environmental Action Committee & Facility Committee establish an ongoing maintenance plan and help to develop and carry out needed refurbishing and renovation projects for the School.
Chair, Fundraising Committee
The Fundraising Committee will work with the Executive Director and the full board to identify donors, solicit donations and assist with grant writing. The committee will develop a long range fundraising plan and begin a capital campaign for a permanent site. This committee will also oversee school based fundraisers. This committee will work in concert with the Community Outreach and Events Committee on special events.
Chair, School Performance Committee
The School Performance Committee is responsible for establishing long and short term performance goals in keeping with the mission of WPCS. They also establish metrics to measure how performance will be tracked and measured against those goals. This committee will be responsible for providing aggregated school data to the rest of the board in concert with the school- based Data Review Committee. This committee helps oversee the Lottery process.
Elected by the WPCS teachers
Community Leaders (3-5 spots)
Community Leaders may serve on the board without chairing a committee, or may chair a committee. These board members should have a skill set that is beneficial to the school and to the board.
President of Student Council Ex Officio
Policy 11.0 Procedure for Public Comment During Board Meeting
The board of Watershed Public Charter School values and encourages input and feedback from the public during board meetings. Near the beginning of each board meeting, there will be an established 30-minute time slot dedicated to stakeholder comment and feedback that will be listed as such on the meeting agenda. Prospective speakers are encouraged to sign in on the Stakeholder Comment and Feedback Sign Up sheet prior to the start of the meeting, which will be available near the entrance of the room. When meetings are held virtually, those who wish to speak should email the board prior to the day of the meeting at: board (at) watershedpcs.org. A maximum of ten speakers will be drawn at random and will speak in the order they are selected; speaker time is limited to three (3) minutes each and will be monitored by the Board President. Board members will not respond to public comments within the same board meeting except to ask clarifying questions.
When speaking, speakers are asked to give their full name and be respectful of the board and members of the public when speaking. Speakers should address members of the board and be ready to respond to questions for clarification from the board if asked. The board does not discuss personnel matters in open board meetings. Inappropriate comments or behavior are discouraged. Inappropriate behavior is defined as insults, obscenities or profanity, attacks against any person in their personal capacity, and/or physical violence or threat thereof.