Griffin Technology Academies

Board Meeting

Published on May 5, 2023 at 3:18 PM PDT

Date and Time

Tuesday May 9, 2023 at 6:00 PM PDT

6:00 pm. 
Meeting Called by: Board



233 Hobbs Avenue, Room 24, Vallejo, CA 94589


Additional Locations: 

425 Corcoran Avenue, Vallejo, CA 94589

2 Positive Place, Room Z, Vallejo, CA 94589


Teleconference Locations: Members of the public may attend and participate in the meeting at the following remote and teleconference locations:

Public comment is available by emailing (by the time the item comes up) or via video/teleconference, or in person at the above locations.
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- Documents are posted at the same time documents are made available to members of the Board. Available to the public the day of the meeting; after the meeting, please see 'Accessing Board information’ above.



      Purpose Presenter Time
I. Opening Items 6:00 PM
  A. Call the Meeting to Order   Shawna Gilroy 1 m
  B. Roll Call Vote Shawna Gilroy 2 m
  C. Approval of Agenda Vote Shawna Gilroy 2 m
  D. Moment of Reflection   Sariah Wah 2 m
II. Public Comment 6:07 PM
  A. Guidelines for Public Comment FYI Shawna Gilroy 5 m

The public may address the Board regarding any item that has been described in the notice for this meeting. At a regular meeting, the public may address the Board regarding any non-agenda item.


  • 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.
III. Consent Items 6:12 PM
  A. Consent Items Vote Mark Driver 5 m
  • Approval of Minutes from 04.18.23 board meeting
  • Personnel report
  • Check register
IV. Action Items 6:17 PM
  A. Consideration of Approval of Hobbs Electrical Upgrade project Vote Nick Driver/ Frank Gonzalez 5 m
  B. Consideration of Approval of Physical Education Requirement Waiver Vote Nick Driver 5 m
  C. Consideration of Approval of Updated Fiscal Policies and Procedures Vote Mark Driver 5 m
  D. Consideration of Approval of Strategic Plan Nick Driver 5 m
V. Discussion Items 6:37 PM
  A. Turnaround Plan and Progress Discuss Nick Driver 1 m
  B. Board Accountability Tracker Discuss Brent Zionic 1 m
  C. Update on COVID-19 safety compliance and measures Discuss Brent Zionic 1 m
  D. Update on health, safety, and maintenance issues and compliance with the facilities protocol Discuss Brent Zionic 1 m
  E. Update on Special Education review FYI Brent Zionic 1 m
  F. Update on compliance with the requirements of GTA’s independent study policy and independent study laws and regulations FYI Brent Zionic 1 m
  G. Facilities Update Discuss Brent Zionic 1 m
  H. Local Control Accountability Plan Update Alex Insaurralde 1 m
  I. Governance: Public hearing on board goals Brent Zionic 5 m
  J. Public hearing on LCAP and proposed budget Brent Zionic 5 m
  K. Meeting to review Governor's May revised budget Mark Driver 5 m
VI. GA and MIT Student Board Member Reports 7:00 PM
  A. GA and MIT Student Board Member Reports FYI Sariah Wah/Moana Laie 10 m
VII. Griffin Education Association report 7:10 PM
  A. Griffin Education Association report FYI Jessica Morrison 5 m
VIII. Superintendent’s report 7:15 PM
  A. Superintendent’s report FYI Nick Driver 5 m
IX. Chief Business Officer report 7:20 PM
  A. Chief Business Officer report FYI Mark Driver 5 m
X. Chief Accountability Officer Report 7:25 PM
  A. Chief Accountability Officer Report FYI Brent Zionic 5 m
XI. Educational Services Report 7:30 PM
  A. Educational Services Report FYI Alex Insaurralde 5 m
XII. School Director Report 7:35 PM
  A. School Director Report FYI Riffat Akram 10 m
XIII. Training 7:45 PM
  A. Board Governance and Fiduciary Duties- Young, Minney and Corr FYI Lee Rosenberg 45 m
  B. Charter School Law: An Overview (inclusive of new laws and updates)-Young, Minney and Corr Lee Rosenberg 45 m
XIV. Items for Future Agendas - Board
XV. Communications & Announcements
XVI. Closed Session 9:15 PM


Significant exposure to litigation pursuant to paragraph (2) or (3) of subdivision (d) of Section 54956.9: 1 case

  B. Conference with Legal Counsel - Negotiations 10 m

Agency designated Representative: Nick Driver

Employee Organization: Griffin Educators Association


Title: Superintendent


Title: Chief Business Officer


Title: Chief Accountability Officer


XVII. Return from Closed & Report Out 10:05 PM
  A. Report from Closed session FYI Shawna Gilroy 1 m
XVIII. Closing Items 10:06 PM
  A. Adjourn Meeting Vote Shawna Gilroy 1 m