Camino Nuevo Charter Academy


CNCA Regular Board Meeting

Date and Time

Tuesday August 16, 2022 at 4:00 PM


Topic: CNCA Regular Board Meeting 08/16/22
Time: Aug 16, 2022 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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In accordance with Mayor Garcetti's "Safer at Home" City Order (Link) and Governor Newsome's State Executive Order( Link) CNCA will be holding Board Meetings via ZOOM video conference and telephone. No physical CNCA school locations will be open to the public.

This meeting is open to the public through the telephone 1 (669) 900-9128 (US Toll) and ZOOM video conference. To ensure meeting safety, there will be an online ZOOM waiting room set up for participants 10 minutes prior to the meeting. Attendees will be welcomed in prior to the start of the meeting at 4:00 pm. The waiting room will be checked regularly so that anyone joining the meeting late can still join.

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Members of the public who wish to address the Board regarding items on this agenda or who need special accommodations should contact Ruby Rodriguez in the Chief Executive Officer’s office at 213-417-3400 ext. 1401 or Brown Act regulations restrict the board from discussing and taking action on any subject presented that is not on the agenda. Speakers are limited to no more than 2 minutes each and it is up to the Board President's discretion to lower or increase that time. Speakers may also sign up in person the day of the meeting. 

Directors Present

C. Smet (remote), D. Gidlow (remote), G. Flores (remote), L. Jennings (remote), T. Powers (remote)

Directors Absent

A. Jimenez Villareal, C. Garcia Alvarado, E. Lopez, J. Ortega

Guests Present

J. Cohn (remote), R. Rodriguez (remote)

I. Opening Items


Record Attendance


Call the Meeting to Order

D. Gidlow called a meeting of the board of directors of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy to order on Tuesday Aug 16, 2022 at 4:04 PM.

II. Board Chair Remarks


Board Chair Remarks

David Gidlow welcomed board members and staff to the first meeting of the school year.  He outlined his goals as board chair.  

III. Approve Minutes


06-08-2022 CNCA Regular Board Meeting Minutes

L. Jennings made a motion to approve the minutes from June 8, 2022 CNCA Regular Board Meeting on 06-08-22.
G. Flores seconded the motion.
The board VOTED to approve the motion.


07-12-2022 CNCA Special Board Meeting Minutes

D. Gidlow made a motion to approve the minutes from the Special Board meeting on July 12, 2022 CNCA Special Board Meeting on 07-12-22.
G. Flores seconded the motion.
The board VOTED to approve the motion.

IV. Public Comment


2-Minute Limit per Speaker

Laura Farrell discussed the Summer Bridge Program and Maria Covarrubias highlighted a Donors Choose project for classroom furniture.

V. Continuing Remote BOD Meetings


Continuing Remote BOD Meetings

C. Smet made a motion to Continue remote BOD meetings during the Covid related state of emergency.
D. Gidlow seconded the motion.
The board VOTED to approve the motion.

VI. Correction Of Board Meeting Dates


Correction of Board Meeting Dates

T. Powers made a motion to Approve the corrected BOD meeting dates.
L. Jennings seconded the motion.
The board VOTED to approve the motion.

VII. Declaration of Need


Declaration of Need

C. Smet made a motion to Approve the Declaration of Need.
G. Flores seconded the motion.

Note this was previously approved on the Consent Agenda in the June meeting and again at the special meeting in July.  

The board VOTED to approve the motion.

VIII. Financials


FY 21-22 Budget Update

Sonia Oliva reported that there is a hold harmless from the state for SY 2021-22 but that the revenue will be booked in SY 2022-23 thus there are no significant changes to last years financials. 


FY 22-23 Budget Update

Sonia Oliva gave an update on the budget for SY2022-23.  At this point there are a few exceptional sources of revenue (the hold harmless for SY 2021-22, ELOP funding and other categorical funding related to Covid) that are not included in the budget.  It is possible that when the amounts, timing and uses of these revenue streams are better known, the budget may be amended. 

IX. Chief Academic Officer Update


CAO Updates

See the CAO's presentation for details. 

X. Independent Study Policy


Independent Study Policy

L. Jennings made a motion to Amend the Independent Study Policy.
C. Smet seconded the motion.

Jessica Cuellar, the new VP of Student and Family Support introduced herself and highlighted the changes in Independent Study over the last few year and the current proposed changes to our policy.  

The board VOTED to approve the motion.

XI. Enrollment Updates


Enrollment updates

See Crystal Day's presentation for a snap shot of enrollment through the first week of school. 

XII. Staff Retention Updates


Staff Retention Updates

Rachel Hazlehurst outlined historical retention data for teacher, leaders and HSO staff members and steps that the SLT is taking to improve retention.

XIII. Closing Items


Adjourn Meeting

There being no further business to be transacted, and upon motion duly made, seconded and approved, the meeting was adjourned at 5:45 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,
C. Smet