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Sci-Tech Governance Committee

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Sci-Tech Governance Committee

Maria Martinez – Principal

Heather Hamp – Committee Chair

Alison Semichy – Committee Vice Chair

Nele Smith – Secretary
Luis Ballesteros – District Representative

Governance Committee

What is the Governance Committee?

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What is the Governance Committee?

To be eligible for the California Public Charter Schools Grant program (PCSGP) , a charter school must demonstrate a high degree of autonomy. Under the U.S. Department of Education the Charter School Program defines a highly-autonomous charter school as a charter school that exhibits a high degree of autonomy over the curriculum, staffing, and financial decisions of the school.

Criteria include:

  • Governance Structure: is elected or appointed independently of the chartering authority.
  • Operations: the charter school governing board or entity as described in the school's approved charter exhibits meaningful control over a majority of its operations (i.e., professional development, school year calendar, disciplinary policies and procedures, curriculum, graduation requirements, etc.)
  • Staffing: the charter school retains a majority of decision-making authority over the hiring, employee assignment, and other personnel decisions and actions.
  • Financial Decisions: the approved charter demonstrates that the charter school governing board or entity as described in the school's approved charter exhibits control over the development and adoption of the charter school's budget, the receipt and expenditure of funds, business management services, audit services, purchasing and contracting decisions, and other financial matters in general.
The Science and Technology Academy at Knights Landing (Sci-Tech) does demonstrate a high degree of autonomy.

Governance of the Charter School is vested in the Charter’s Governance Committee, which operates autonomously from the WJUSD Board of Trustees. Sci-Tech’s Governance Committee is comprised of the Sci-Tech Lead Teacher, one (1) community member selected by the Lead Teacher, one (1) representative from WJUSD, one (1) parent elected by parents of current Sci-Tech students, and an elected representative of the School’s staff. With the exception of the Lead Teacher and WJUSD representative, all other members of the Governance Committee are serving three-year staggered terms as determined by the Governance Committee.
Our current Governance Committee is excited to be working with the School, and is committed to providing leadership and guidance.
The Governance Committee has meaningful control over a majority of Sci-Tech’s operations, including:
(a) Preparation of Sci-Tech’s annual budget, in conjunction with the WJUSD Associate Superintendent of Business Services or designee.
(b) Review of the Sci-Tech curriculum, instructional methods/strategies, and instructional calendar.
(c) Participation in the selection, hiring, evaluation and retention of staff.
Meeting Dates

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Meeting Dates

Meeting schedule for the 2021-22 school year:
June 22, 2022
May 25, 2022
April 27, 2022
March 30, 2022
February 23, 2022
January 26, 2022
December 15, 2021
November 17, 2021
September 29, 2021
October 27, 2021
** Sci-Tech LCAP Public Hearing ** - June 22, 2022 4:30pm Meeting to be held at Sci-Tech, 9544 Mill Street, Knights Landing, CA, 95645. The meeting will also be available for live stream viewing at 
June's Governance Meeting will take place June 22, 2022 at 6pm
The meeting will be available for live stream viewing at 


Please email public comments by 4:00 pm on the Governance Meeting date, to


Meeting Agendas and Minutes

The Governance Committee meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Meetings are currently being held online via zoom.

All meetings, unless otherwise noted, are open to the public. Items for closed session discussion will be noted on the agenda.

Meeting agendas are posted at the school site and on our website (see below) Meeting packets are available in the school office 48 hours prior to the meeting.
SciTech Governance Meeting Agendas

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SciTech Governance Meeting Minutes

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