The Board of Trustees is the governing authority for MCCPS, in accordance with the state law establishing charter schools (MGL Chapter 70, §89). The Board of Trustees holds the Charter from the state and is responsible for ensuring that the policies of the School:
(a) comply with all applicable laws and regulations; and
(b) ensure that the school is an academic success, organizationally viable, faithful to the terms of its charter, and earns charter renewal.
Below are the current members of the MCCPS Board of Trustees, along with offices held, end dates of terms, and committee memberships.
Katie Hope, Chair, Former MCCPS Parent, voting, serving first full term, Term expires January 2019
Patricia Hazelton, Vice-Chair, Educator, voting serving first full term, Term expires October 2016
Jessica Merriam, Clerk, MCCPS Parent, voting serving first full term, Term expires October 2016
David Hausler, Treasurer, MCCPS Parent, serving first full term, Term expires August 2017, Finance Committee
Paul McCarthy, MCCPS Parent, voting serving first full term, Term expires June 2016
Ellen Lodgen, MCCPS Teacher, voting serving first full term, Term expires June 2017
Bill Bowden, MCCPS Parent, voting serving first full term, Term expires November 2018
John Stickevers, MCCPS Parent, voting serving first full term, Term expires May 2019
Nina Cullen-Hamzeh, Head of School, voting Ex officio term
The Board of Trustees is a public entity and conducts all meetings in accordance with the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law (MGL Chapter 30A, Section 11A 1/2). Trustees serve three year terms and can serve no more than two consecutive three year terms. Trustee candidates are nominated to the Board by the Governance Committee of the Board. The Board then approves candidates as Trustees, and forwards their approval to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for final approval. Trustees only take office upon the final approval of the State.
The Trustees rights and responsibilities are detailed in the By Laws
, and all Trustees rights and responsibilities are identical regardless of appointment class.
The Board has four officer positions – Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Clerk – each with specific responsibilities detailed in the MCCPS By Laws. Officers must be current members of the Board and are elected by the Board at its Annual Meeting, typically in June. Officers serve one year terms from July 1 – June 30. Trustees cannot serve more than three consecutive terms in the same office. The School’s Chief Staff Person is prohibited from serving as an officer. Further, a Trustee who is a member of the Faculty or Staff is prohibited from serving as Board Chair or Treasurer.
Provisional members have been approved as Trustees by the MCCPS Board of Trustees and are pending approval by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. By action of the Board, Provisional members are invited to all Board meetings and activities while their approval is pending. They are entitled to participate as provisional Trustees and to participate in all activities and discussions, but are not be permitted to vote on any matter until they receive formal approval from the Department of Education, and will not be counted when determining a quorum.
For further information about the Board of Trustees, its responsibilities and duties, and duties of the officers, see the MCCPS By Laws.