Equitas Academy Charter School

August Board Meeting

Date and Time

Thursday August 31, 2023 at 3:00 PM PDT


1612 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 


Additional call-in locations:

4324 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

9601 Wilshire Blvd, Floor 7, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 


Topic: August Board Meeting
When: Aug 31, 2023 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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PUBLIC COMMENT AT EQUITAS ACADEMY BOARD MEETINGS – An opportunity for the public to address the Board will be provided prior to discussion and action on agenda items. Members of the public who wish to speak on any item are requested to identify themselves and indicate on which agenda item they wish to speak. The Board will provide an opportunity for the public to speak for a maximum of three (3) minutes, unless granted additional time at the discretion of the Board. Testimony shall be limited in content to matters pertaining to Equitas Academy. The Board may not take any action on matters discussed during the public testimony period that are not listed on the agenda. Brown Act Compliance: Agenda posted at School.

Pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, any individual with a disability who requires reasonable accommodation to attend or participate in a meeting of the Board of Directors, may request assistance in advance of the meeting by contacting Equitas Academy Charter School at 1700 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015 or by phone (213) 201-0440.


      Purpose Presenter Time
I. Opening Items 3:00 PM
Opening Items
  A. Record Attendance and Guests   Nadine Peters 1 m
  B. Call the Meeting to Order   Tyler Bell
  C. Approve Minutes Approve Minutes Tyler Bell

Board to approve minutes from 6/29/2023 meeting. 

    Approve minutes for June Board Meeting on June 29, 2023  
II. Public Comment 3:01 PM
  A. Public Comment FYI Tyler Bell 1 m
III. Closed Session - CEO Performance 3:02 PM
  A. PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION (Gov. Code section 54957(e). Title: Chief Executive Officer Discuss Tyler Bell 20 m
IV. Consent 3:22 PM
  A. '22-'23 Spring Consolidated Application (Conapp) Vote Yug Fon Chiquito 1 m

Board to approve '22-'23 Spring Consolidated Application (Conapp).

  B. Education Protection Act Resolution '23-'24 and Final Expenditures '22-'23 Vote Yug Fon Chiquito 1 m

Board to approve Education Protection Act Resolution 23-24 and Final Expenditures 22-23.

V. Organization Updates 3:24 PM
  A. Launch of “One Team, One Dream” Discuss Sofia Roditti 55 m

Board to discuss the following:

  • Organizational Spotlight 
  • Organizational Dashboard
  • State Testing Update
  • Enrollment 
  • Facilities Update 
  • Talent Update 
  • Priorities for '23-'24
  • Strategic Planning 
  B. '22-'23 LAUSD Oversight Reports Discuss Cecilia Melgares 2 m

On an annual basis LAUSD works with each school to conduct an audit and assess the following buckets: Governance, Student Achievement and Educational Performance, Organizational Management, Programs, and Operations, Compliance with Clearance, and Fiscal Oversight. The Board will review the reports below, which includes an overview on our results for the '22-'23 and the full report for each school. 

  C. '22-'23 Unaudited Financials for Approval Vote Yug Fon Chiquito 10 m

Board will review and approve '22-'23 unaudited financial statements.



  D. Employee Retention Credit (ERC) Vote Jason Rudolph 20 m

Board to approve Employee Retention Credit (ERC). 

  E. Updated Reclassification Criteria Vote Jennifer Freeman 5 m

Board to vote on updates to Reclassification Criteria.

  F. Break FYI 5 m
VI. Resource Development 5:01 PM
  A. Committee Goals Discuss Catie Langston 5 m

Committee to provide an update on '23-'24 goals.


VII. Academic Accountability 5:06 PM
  A. Committee Goals Discuss Oliver Bajracharya 5 m

Committee to provide an update on '23-'24 goals.

VIII. Finance 5:11 PM
  A. Committee Goals Discuss Tom Hollenberg 5 m

Committee to provide an update on '23-'24 goals.

IX. Governance Committee 5:16 PM
  A. New Vice Chair Role Vote Tyler Bell 3 m

Board to discuss and vote on the following:


  • New Vice Chair Role: Each committee to have a Committee Vice Chair to help with succession planning and support in the case of Chair is unable to join/no longer able to lead. Propose the following:
    • Vice Chair Proposal:
      • Academic Accountability - Sylvia Jauregui
      • Resource Development - Ray McKenzie
      • Finance - Tom Hollenberg
      • Governance - Tyler Bell
  B. New Board Member Appointments Vote Tyler Bell 3 m

Board to discuss and vote on the following:

  • New Board Member Appointments: With these additions as Vice Chairs, we would like to also extend an invitation to three committee members to join the Board: Sylvia Jauregui, Ray McKenzie and Tom Hollenberg. 
  C. Board Calendar for '23-'24 Vote Tyler Bell 2 m

Board to review and approve the attached Board calendar for '23-'24.


  D. Committee Goals Discuss Tyler Bell 5 m

Committee to provide an update on '23-'24 goals.

X. Brown Act Training 5:29 PM
  A. Brown Act Training FYI Jason Rudolph 55 m

Per LAUSD oversight requirements, our board participates in an annual training on Brown Act training, which requires us to conduct all business in open sessions (except in limited circumstances). 

XI. Culmination of Meeting 6:24 PM
  A. Announcements Discuss Tyler Bell 3 m
  B. Evaluation of Meeting Discuss Tyler Bell 3 m
XII. Materials/Resources 6:30 PM
  A. '23-'24 Board Meeting Topics FYI Tyler Bell
  B. '23-'24 Monthly Year-At-A-Glance FYI Tyler Bell
  C. '23-'24 Board Member Handbook FYI Tyler Bell
XIII. Closing Items 6:30 PM
  A. Adjourn Meeting Vote Tyler Bell 1 m