Alpha Public Schools

Regular Board Meeting

Date and Time

Wednesday December 13, 2023 at 5:30 PM PST


Alpha: Cindy Avitia High Schoo, Room 23

1881 Cunningham Ave

San Jose, CA 95122

Instructions for Presentation to the Board by Parents and Citizens
Alpha Public Schools (“Alpha”) welcomes your participation at the Alpha Board meetings.
The purpose of a public meeting of the Board of Directors (“Board”) is to conduct the affairs
of Alpha in public. We are pleased that you are in attendance and hope that you will visit
these meetings often. Your participation assures us of continuing community interest in
Alpha. To assist you in the ease of speaking/participating in our meetings, the following
guidelines are provided:
1. Agendas are available to all audience members at the door to the meeting.
2. “Request to Speak” forms are available to all audience members who wish to speak
on any agenda item(s) or under the general category of “Public Comment.” All
“Request to Speak” forms must be submitted prior to the agendized item.
3. “Public Comment” is set aside for members of the audience to raise issues that are not
specifically on the agenda. However, due to public meeting laws, the Board can only
listen to your issue, not respond or take action. These presentations are limited to three
(3) minutes each and total time allotted to non-agenda items will not exceed fifteen
(15) minutes. The Board may give direction to staff to respond to your concern.
4. With regard to items that are on the agenda, you may specify that agenda item on
your request form and you will be given an opportunity to speak for up to three (3)
minutes when the Board discusses that item.
5. When addressing the Board, speakers are requested to state their name and address
and adhere to the time limits set forth.
6. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and upon request, Alpha
may furnish reasonable auxiliary aids and services to qualified individuals with
disabilities. Individuals who require appropriate alternative modification of the agenda
in order to participate in Board meetings are invited to contact the Board Secretary’s
7. If you have any questions or need any assistance in participating in the Alpha Board
meeting, please contact Angelica Ruiz at or
408)780-1550 x 102.


      Purpose Presenter Time
I. Updates 5:30 PM
  A. Other Locations FYI Peter MacDonald
  • Alpha: Blanca Alvarado / Jose Hernandez Schools: 1601 Cunningham Ave, San Jose, CA 95122
  • Alpha: Cornerstone Academy: 1598 Lucretia Ave, San Jose, CA 95122
  • 2625 Flemington Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30345
  • 135 W Morehead St, Charlotte, NC 28202
  • 350 Eureka Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
  • 787 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126
  • 6811 Taglio Court, San Jose, CA 95120
  • 488 S Almaden Blvd, San Jose, CA 95110
II. Opening Items 5:30 PM
Opening Items
  A. Call the Meeting to Order   Peter MacDonald 1 m
  B. Record Attendance and Guests   Peter MacDonald 2 m
  • Adam Hendricks
  • Alicia Santillan
  • Cheria Funches
  • Cindy Wang
  • Elsa Retuta
  • Janine Ramirez
  • Jannet Mejia
  • Jen Wallner
  • Lex Alvarez
  • Mario Rosas
  • Mary Anna Cazarez
  • Peter MacDonald
  • Silvia Mahan
  C. Discussion and/or Modification(s) of the Agenda Vote Peter MacDonald 2 m
  D. Public Comment   Peter MacDonald 5 m

For items not on the agenda. 

  E. Mission Moment: Developments at Alpha: José Hernández School.   Shara Hegde 10 m
III. Board Business - Discussion/Action Items 5:50 PM
  A. Consent Agenda Vote Peter MacDonald 2 m
  • 1st Interims
  • EL Reclassification Policy
  • Alpha Attendance Policy
  • Ignite! Reading
  B. Approve Minutes: October 04, 2023 Approve Minutes Peter MacDonald 1 m
  1. Adam Hendricks- present
  2. Alicia Santillan- present 
  3. Cheria Funches - present
  4. Cindy Wang-  present
  5. Elsa Retuta- present
  6. Janine Ramirez- present 
  7. Jannet Mejia- present 
  8. Jen Wallner-  present
  9. Lex Alvarez-  present
  10. Mario Ramirez- present 
  11. Mary Anna Cazarez-  present
  12. Peter MacDonald- present 
  13. Silvia Mahan-  present
  C. Development Update FYI Shara Hegde 20 m
  D. Financial Audit Vote Brandon Paige 5 m
  E. Instructional Evaluation FYI Elizabeth Barrett 25 m
  F. Residency Program FYI Elizabeth Barrett 15 m
  G. BREAK FYI Peter MacDonald 15 m
  H. Academic Update Discuss Cynthia Martinez Nava 50 m
  I. Strategic Plan Update Discuss Nicole Wais 20 m
IV. Closing Items 8:23 PM
  A. Adjourn Meeting Vote Peter MacDonald 2 m