Griffin Technology Academies

Special Board Meeting

Published on October 21, 2022 at 2:23 PM PDT
Amended on October 21, 2022 at 3:07 PM PDT

Date and Time

Tuesday October 25, 2022 at 6:00 PM PDT

6:00 pm. 
Meeting Called by: Board
Board Members and the public attend by video/teleconference from various locations.
This meeting is being held pursuant to Executive Order N-25-20 issued by California Governor Gavin Newsom on March 12, 2020. All board members will attend the meeting via teleconference.
Due to COVID restrictions, the public is encouraged to attend Board meetings via video/teleconferencing. Information can be found on the GTA website. Remote public comment is available by emailing (by the time the item comes up) or via video/teleconference.
Non-confidential materials related to an item on this agenda submitted to the Board after distribution of the agenda packet are available for public inspection during regular business hours in the schools’ main office, 2 Positive Place, Vallejo 94589.
Disability Information:
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 or function of the Griffin Technology Academies Governing Board may request assistance by contacting the Superintendent’s Office at (707) 552-6482. The request must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Wheelchair access is provided at all meetings.



  • All approved Board minutes can be accessed here.
  • All recordings of board meetings can be found here.

Link to folder with documents for this meeting- Available to the public the day of the meeting; after the meeting, please see 'Accessing Board information/ above.



I. Opening Items
  A. Call the Meeting to Order
  B. Roll Call
  C. Approval of Agenda
II. Closed Session
  A. Student Discipline - Education Code Section 35146

The Board will review a proposed suspended expulsion. (one student)

III. Return from Closed & Report Out
  A. Report Out of Closed Session
IV. Approval of Minutes
  A. Approval of Minutes from 10.11.22 Board Meeting
V. Public Comment
  A. Guidelines for Public Comment

The public may address the Board regarding any item that has been described in the notice for this meeting.


  • For items on the agenda, the public may comment at the time the Board considers the agenda item.
  • These presentations are limited to two minutes each.
  • To comply with the Brown Act, the Board may listen to comments from the speakers, but can neither discuss nor take action on the issues presented.  Members of the Board are very limited in their response to statements or questions by persons commenting on items not on the agenda.  Board members or staff may: (1) ask clarifying questions, (2) make a brief announcement, (3) make a brief report on his or her own activities, (4) refer a matter to staff or other resources for information, (5) request that staff report back on a matter at a subsequent meeting, or (6) direct staff to place the matter on a future agenda (Education Code 54954.2)
VI. Public Hearing

Public Hearing: Draft Preliminary Environmental Assessment Equivalent for the Mare Island Technology Academy Renovation Project



Griffin Technology Academy (GTA) proposes the renovation of the Mare Island Technology Academy (MITAcademy). MIT Academy is a charter school located at 2 Positive Place in Vallejo, California. The proposed project would renovate the charter school’s existing campus by demolishing existing buildings re-grading the project site and constructing new buildings. The proposed project involves the construction of two-story classrooms buildings, science building, administration building, multipurpose building, gymnasium, soccer field, and other outdoor play fields. Site improvements will also include on-site parking, improved vehicle circulation, landscaping, walkways, and other amenities. The proposed project includes the construction of a total of 42classrooms. All new facilities will meet current state building standards. The construction of the proposed project would occur over two phases in order to maintain enough facilities to operate the educational program. The proposed project would not increase capacity of the school. 




  A. Open Public Hearing

Hear public comments regarding this project.


In accordance with California Education Code and the California Health and Safety Code, Griffin Technology Academies had a Draft Preliminary Environmental Assessment Equivalent (PEA-E) prepared for the Mare Island Technology Academy Project, located at 2 Positive Place, Vallejo CA 94589.  California Education Code requires that an LEA publish a notice that the PEAEquivalent has been submitted to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and shall hold a public hearing to receive comments during the 30-day public review period.  The notice of the public hearing was published in the Vallejo Times Herald, on October 25, 2022. The PEA public review period is from October 25, 2022, through November 23, 2022. Copies of the PEA Equivalent can be reviewed at the MIT Academy office at 2 Positive Place, Vallejo, CA 94589.

  B. Close Public Hearing
VII. Action Items
  A. Approval of Amended Bylaws to Allow Student Board Members to Serve - Nick Driver
  B. Seating of New Student Board Members

The Board will seat its two newest board members, who have been elected by their peers at MIT Academy and Griffin Academy. 

  C. Approval of Job Descriptions
  D. Approval of Independent Contractor Agreement with Janice Sargent for English Learner Compliance Review - Nick Driver
  E. Approval of Date Change for Regular Board Meeting to November 10, 2022
  F. Acceptance and Approval of CDE Educational Specifications and all related forms, including SFPD 4.07 and 4.08 for New Construction and Modernization Projects, for the Mare Island Technology Renovation Project.
VIII. Discussion Items
  A. Board Training on Student Safety - Total School Solutions

The board and public will be given a student safety training, as a best practice and for our School Safety Plans, and to comply with the terms of our Memorandum of Understanding with VCUSD. 

IX. Items for Future Agendas - Board
X. Communications & Announcements
XI. Closing Items
  A. Adjourn Meeting