Organization and Structure

The Novato Charter School is unique not only in terms of its approach to educating children, but also in terms of its organizational structure and its relationship with the Novato Unified School District (NUSD). This brief section is intended to provide you with some information about the structure and how the NCS operates within this framework.

The state law, SB 1448, which allows for the establishment of charter schools, lays out some structure as to how charter schools must interact with their school district.

The NCS has an elected Board of Directors that is responsible for making the majority of the decisions about the operation of the school. The NCS Board is governed by a set of by-laws that describe how the board will operate procedurally. The Board meets a minimum of once per month and all meetings are open to the public. Committees are established to oversee and implement the various projects and tasks that arise, and new committee members are always welcome.

While the NCS is legally a part of the NUSD and entitled to many of the benefits that all other public schools receive, charter schools do not have to adhere to many of the regulations of other public schools. For example, decisions about issues such as curriculum, school year and teachers’ salaries are made by the NCS Board of Directors and are reported to the NUSD Board.

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