Governance Overview

Board Agendas & Minutes

Board meetings are open to the public and there is an opportunity at the beginning of the meeting for visitors to make comments, limited to three minutes per person. The board may ask clarifying questions but dialogue and action are prohibited unless the topic is on the agenda.

Governing Board Schedule for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • Tuesday, May 4, 2021 @ 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 5:30 PM
  • Finance-HR Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Finance/HR committee meetings will be held via Zoom.Dates will be announced via ParentSquare and reflected on our website. Correspondence may be sent in care of:

    Monterey Bay Charter School
    1004 David Avenue
    Pacific Grove, CA 93950
    Email: office@mbcharterschool.org

    The MBCS Finance/HR monthly meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 3:30 PM via Zoom. The Zoom link can be found in the Finance/HR meeting agenda.

    Board of Directors Meetings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Governing Board meetings will be held via Zoom on the first Tuesday of every month at 5:30pm (PST). Dates will be announced via ParentSquare and reflected on our website. Correspondence may be sent in care of:

    Monterey Bay Charter School
    1004 David Avenue
    Pacific Grove, CA 93950
    Email: director@mbcharterschool.org

    All correspondence will be delivered to Board members prior to the next scheduled meeting and is entered into the public record.

    School Board

    Parent Circle

    Foundation Board

    Governance Overview

    School Board

    The Board of Directors is responsible for supporting the school’s vision and continuity of leadership at MBCS. It is responsible for carrying out board responsibilities as outlined in the corporation’s bylaws.

    Board of Directors

    Kenneth Turgen, Chair
    Tomi Burgess, Vice Chair
    Carmel York, Treasurer
    Ryan Commons, Secretary
    Antonio Garcia, Director

    Correspondence may be sent in care of:

    Monterey Bay Charter School
    1004 David Avenue
    Pacific Grove, CA 93950
    Email: communications@mbcharterschool.org

    Responsibilities of the Board:
    • Uphold and revise (with permission of the granting agency) as needed the school charter. Adopt, amend and implement Board bylaws, internal Board policies and procedures.
    • Ensure adequate resources for the school’s programs.
    • Establish and work toward achieving long-term and short-term goals.
    • Oversee the fiscal management of the school including:
    • All audits and reports required by state or federal law.
    • Approval of the annual school budget.
    • Review and approval of quarterly budget reports.
    • Secure and maintain the school site.
    • Ensure the health and safety of the school.
    • Hire, support, supervise and evaluate the school director.
    • Approve hiring and termination of school faculty and staff.
    • Oversee school parent participation structure.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of school programs.
    • Act as an avenue of communication for the school community, including:
      The resolution of grievances.
      Conducting exit interviews for employees and families who leave the school.
    • Represent the school in the larger community.
    • Prepare and publish an annual report including:
    • The progress made towards achieving the long-term and short-term goals established by the Board.
    • The fiscal health of the school.
    • Significant events.

    Kenneth Turgen

    Chair

    Kenneth Turgen

    Chair

    Monterey, California. Associate with Wald, Ruhnke & Dost Architects L.L.P.
    Kenneth Turgen has been an MBCS board member since 2011 and chair since 2016. He has two alumni daughters who both attend Monterey High School and another daughter in third grade at MBCS. Mr. Turgen was a member of the Design Review Board and Chair of the Planning Commission for the City of Marina from 2007 through 2015. Kenneth is a staunch booster of MBCS and his booming voice can be heard at May Faire every year as our Town Crier. His love
    for this community can be seen throughout the region in his designs including hospitality, adaptive reuse, historic preservation, multi-family housing, medical and civic projects. Kenneth is an associate at Wald, Ruhnke & Dost Architects and holds both a Bachelor and a Master’s degree in architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

    Tomasina Burgess

    Vice Chair

    Tomasina Burgess

    Vice Chair

    Prunedale, California.
    Tomi Burgess joined the Monterey Bay Charter School School Board in the fall of 2011. She has been a non-profit volunteer for the past 28 years. Tomi has enjoyed different roles in event planning, park restoration, and child advocacy. Tomi has also served on the Monterey Bay Charter School Foundation Board, played a critical role in establishing and managing the donor database, has chaired multiple fundraisers, community events, and Parent Circle. Tomi currently lives in Prunedale with her husband and two children. Tomi’s oldest son attended Monterey Bay Charter School from kindergarten through eighth grade and is currently attending Monterey High School. Tomi’s second child is currently enrolled at Monterey Bay Charter School. Tomi is also pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education.

    Carmel York

    Treasurer

    Carmel York

    Treasurer

    Marina, California. Risk Manager, Mortgage Banking, Entrepreneur.
    Carmel York is a risk manager, entrepreneur, philanthropist and mentor, working 27 years in banking and finance. She has 20 years of experience serving and managing volunteer and non-profit boards focused on education, personal finance, and community outreach. Ms. York lives with her husband and two teen-aged sons on the Monterey Bay Peninsula and believes strongly and works hard supporting high-quality, public education.

    Ryan Commons

    Secretary

    Ryan Commons

    Secretary

    Monterey, California. Lawyer for Driscoll’s Berries
    Ryan Commons joined the board in October 2019 when his son Luke started transitional kindergarten at MBCS. His son George will start at MBCS in 2022. Prior to serving on the MBCS board, Ryan served on the boards for the San Joaquin River Parkway & Conservation Trust and the Fresno Economic Development Corporation. In addition to prior board experience, Ryan brings to the board a deep passion for Waldorf education, a love for all things outdoors, and a background in corporate governance and transactional law. Ryan currently works as corporate counsel at Driscoll’s, Inc. and he received a B.S. from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a J.D. from Santa Clara Law.

    Antonio Garcia

    Director

    Antonio Garcia

    Director

    Marina, California. Educator for Salinas School District.
    A husband and a father of a MBCS 4th Grader, Antonio moved to the Monterey Bay area in 2015.  He is an educator of twenty years having served communities in Los Angeles, New York City, Soledad, and now Salinas. His passions include music, cooking, the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

    Governance Overview

    Parent Circle

    The role of the Parent Circle is to encourage parent and community involvement in the school via such activities as: building community partnerships, fundraising, promoting parent volunteerism, and parent education.

    It is the mission of the Parent Council to unify the collective efforts of the teachers, parents and administration for the betterment and health of the school.

    The Parent Council is dedicated to cultivating an active and diverse community that nourishes the vision of the Monterey Bay Charter School. The Parent Council champions volunteerism that comes from the head, heart and hands of its community members, and in turn promotes student achievement.

    The Parent Circle strives to:
    • Advocate for students’ health, safety and academic success;
    • Inspire and support individuals to share their unique and valuable gifts through volunteerism;
    • Contribute to the fiscal stability of school programs and initiatives

    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

    Contact

    Candace Villarta, Communications & Development Manager
    Email: communications@mbcharterschool.org

    Governance Overview

    Foundation Board

    The Monterey Bay Charter School Foundation (the Foundation), formed in 2010 to provide fundraising support for the Monterey Bay Charter School (MBCS or the School), a public charter school.

    The Foundation’s mission is to support the work and programs of the Monterey Bay Charter School and to build a new school facility.

    A detailed Memorandum of Understanding exists between the Foundation and the School, outlining the roles, responsibilities, and accountability for each entity. The Memorandum of Understanding ensures that the Foundation and School maintain separate fiscal identities while at the same time working toward the common goal of supporting the School and its curriculum.

    Foundation Members

    Mark Cohan, Director
    Karyn Lee-Garcia, Director
    Ben Bence, Director
    Jacob Shafer, Director
    Susan Breen, Director
    Jennifer Dacquisto, Director

    The Foundation’s services include:
    • Researching and outlining a fundraising structure for the School; planning and conducting fundraising and donor acquisition programs for the School;
    • Preparing and submitting private and government grant applications on behalf of and in cooperation with the School;
    • Identifying and nurturing relationships with potential donors;
    • Engaging in development and solicitation of funding and other resources to support the educational purposes of the School;
    • Building a new school facility in a location that is central to all Monterey County students.
    The next MBCS Foundation Board meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 5:00 PM via Zoom. The Zoom link can be found in the Finance/HR meeting agenda.

    Mark Cohan

    Foundation Board Member

    Mark Cohan

    Foundation Board Member

    Bio TBA

    Karyn Lee-Garcia

    Foundation Board Member

    Karyn Lee-Garcia

    Foundation Board Member

    Karyn is dedicated to serving the creative and education sectors as an advocate, administrator and marketer. She was drawn into the world of arts as a dancer and paired education as a way to broaden access to underserved communities and to support creatives. With over 20 years of nonprofit management and for-profit business experience, she works as the Programs Director at the Arts Council for Monterey County along with community commitments as Board Secretary of the Forest Theatre Foundation and Board Member of the Monterey Bay Charter School Foundation. Karyn is a mother of a 4th grader at MBCS and moved to the Monterey Bay area in 2015.

    Ben Bence

    Foundation Board Member

    Ben Bence

    Foundation Board Member

    Ben Bence is the founding director of Outside The Box Consulting LLC, a local outdoor education organization that focuses on getting students and classes out in nature. Ben studied Liberial Studies with a linguistics emphasis at CSU Monterey Bay and is currently working on his multiple subject elementary teaching credential. He was the 2017 Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award Recipient for his 2,000+ volunteer hours and work experience in Monterey’s environmental education community. The Monterey native spends his free time on a paddle board or hiking a trail.

    Jacob Shafer

    Foundation Board Member

    Jacob Shafer

    Foundation Board Member

    Jacob Shafer is the development director at Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula. He spent seven years in Mongolia as a Peace Corps volunteer and working in community outreach with Rio Tinto Global. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing. If you see Jacob, his wife Natalie, son Tenuun, and daughter Indira on campus or in the community, be sure to say hello.

    Susan Breen

    Foundation Board Member

    Susan Breen

    Foundation Board Member

    Susan Breen has been President/Owner of Breen Consulting (BC) for 25 years and is licensed in California as a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB). She has been successfully providing service as a marketing and public relations professional to a variety of businesses and nonprofit organizations. In a recent expansion, a full team of experts can now offer additional expertise to clients. The range of consulting services include graphic design, web development, grant writing and Internet consulting. HR and legal assistance can be made available when
    requested.

    Her qualifications as a board director for numerous non-profit organizations provides her with the efficiency, decision making, strategic planning, fundraising, community relations experience activities needed to serve on the Foundation Board of the Monterey Bay Charter School. Susan and her husband Bill have lived in Monterey County for the last dozen years and have 3 adult children.

    Jennifer Dacquisto

    Foundation Board Member

    Jennifer Dacquisto

    Foundation Board Member

    Bio TBA

    Governance Overview

    Student Council

    Students in Grades Six through Eighth may apply to be members of Student Council. These students meet weekly to plan and execute activities that enhance the school and participate in extra curricular activities.
    Some of the activities include:
    • Middle school dances and other fun activities;
    • School ‘spirit days’ such as Pajama Day and Crazy Hat Day;
    • Betterment of the school campus.
    Volunteer Work

    Community Service

    Believing that service learning is a valuable part of the educational process, MBCS requires that all students in 6th-8th grades perform a minimum of 15 hours of community service each year. Signed confirmation of service must be submitted to receive credit.

    Community Service must consist of volunteer service for organizations outside of our school community, and a few hours of volunteer work on the school campus. Suggestions for Community Service opportunities at the school will be provided from time to time during the school year. Students are encouraged to find opportunities in the wider community as well.

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