Alpha Public Schools

Minutes

Regular Board Meeting

Date and Time

Wednesday December 13, 2023 at 5:30 PM

Location

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
office.
7. If you have any questions or need any assistance in participating in the Alpha Board
meeting, please contact Angelica Ruiz at aruiz@alphapublicschools.org or
408)780-1550 x 102.

Directors Present

A. Santillan, C. Funches (remote), C. Wang (remote), E. Retuta, J. Ramirez (remote), J. Wallner (remote), L. Alvarez (remote), M. Cazarez, M. Rosas (remote), P. MacDonald, S. Mahan (remote)

Directors Absent

A. Hendricks, J. Mejia

Directors who arrived after the meeting opened

J. Wallner

Guests Present

A. Ruiz

I. Opening Items

A.

Call the Meeting to Order

P. MacDonald called a meeting of the board of directors of Alpha Public Schools to order on Wednesday Dec 13, 2023 at 5:36 PM.

B.

Record Attendance and Guests

C.

Discussion and/or Modification(s) of the Agenda

A. Santillan made a motion to approve Board Agenda.
E. Retuta seconded the motion.
The board VOTED to approve the motion.
Roll Call
A. Santillan
Aye
P. MacDonald
Aye
E. Retuta
Aye
M. Cazarez
Aye
M. Rosas
Aye
J. Mejia
Absent
C. Wang
Aye
J. Ramirez
Abstain
J. Wallner
Absent
L. Alvarez
Aye
A. Hendricks
Absent
S. Mahan
Abstain
C. Funches
Aye

D.

Public Comment

No public comment.

E.

Mission Moment: Developments at Alpha: José Hernández School.

J. Wallner arrived.

II. Board Business - Discussion/Action Items

A.

Consent Agenda

E. Retuta made a motion to approve items on the consent agenda.
J. Wallner seconded the motion.
The board VOTED to approve the motion.
Roll Call
M. Cazarez
Aye
A. Santillan
Aye
A. Hendricks
Absent
J. Mejia
Absent
P. MacDonald
Aye
L. Alvarez
Aye
E. Retuta
Aye
C. Funches
Aye
M. Rosas
Aye
S. Mahan
Aye
J. Ramirez
Abstain
J. Wallner
Aye
C. Wang
Aye

B.

Approve Minutes: October 04, 2023

C. Wang made a motion to approve the minutes from Regular Board Meeting on 10-04-23.
J. Wallner seconded the motion.
The board VOTED to approve the motion.
Roll Call
M. Cazarez
Aye
A. Santillan
Aye
E. Retuta
Aye
J. Wallner
Aye
L. Alvarez
Aye
A. Hendricks
Absent
C. Funches
Aye
J. Ramirez
Abstain
S. Mahan
Aye
J. Mejia
Absent
P. MacDonald
Aye
M. Rosas
Aye
C. Wang
Aye

C.

Development Update

S. Michael shared funding updates with the board. Updates for the March event and invite were shared.

The board participated in a quick activity- brainstorm potential guests (personal connection).

D.

Financial Audit

J. Wallner made a motion to approve the Audit.
S. Mahan seconded the motion.
The board VOTED to approve the motion.
Roll Call
J. Ramirez
Abstain
S. Mahan
Aye
A. Hendricks
Absent
M. Rosas
Aye
P. MacDonald
Aye
C. Funches
Aye
C. Wang
Aye
J. Mejia
Absent
M. Cazarez
Aye
J. Wallner
Aye
L. Alvarez
Aye
E. Retuta
Aye
A. Santillan
Aye

E.

Instructional Evaluation

E. Barrett shared tool and approach to finalize decision in regard to future instructional evaluations

F.

Residency Program

E. Berratt shared background information about APS Residency program. It has been at Alpha for several years.

  1. Based on the data- program coming to an end 
  2. Working on different approach 
    1. Partnership w/ E. Bryan

G.

BREAK

7:10-7:20pm

H.

Academic Update

I.

Strategic Plan Update

III. Closing Items

A.

Adjourn Meeting

E. Retuta made a motion to adjourn meeting.
A. Santillan seconded the motion.
The board VOTED to approve the motion.
Roll Call
J. Wallner
Aye
C. Wang
Aye
P. MacDonald
Aye
A. Santillan
Aye
L. Alvarez
Aye
J. Mejia
Absent
M. Rosas
Aye
S. Mahan
Aye
E. Retuta
Aye
A. Hendricks
Absent
J. Ramirez
Abstain
C. Funches
Aye
M. Cazarez
Aye
There being no further business to be transacted, and upon motion duly made, seconded and approved, the meeting was adjourned at 8:27 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,
P. MacDonald