BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS
Next Board of School Directors Meeting will be on Monday, December 9, 2019 at 4:00pm. The Finance Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, December 5th at 3:00pm. Meetings will be held in the Board Room, 1100 East Erie Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19124
Our mission is to effectively serve urban youth in search of a positive school experience in a supportive environment. CAP is dedicated to the whole child and believes that education is not just acquiring facts and skills but having the emotional and stable capacity to apply them in the real world. CAP is dedicated to offering quality education while also responding to the non-academic student issues that can have a significant impact on academic and overall emotional/social functioning.
It is the function of the Board of School Directors to assure that our mission is met in a legal, professional and responsible manner.
Responsibilities and Authority of the Board
The express statutory authority of Charter School Trustees is found in Section 1716-A "Powers of the board of trustees" of Act 22 of 1997, The Charter School Law. The board of trustees of a charter school shall have the authority to decide matters related to the operation of the school, including, but not limited to, budgeting, curriculum and operating procedures, subject to the school's charter. The board shall have the authority to employ, discharge and contract with necessary professional and nonprofessional employees subject to the school's charter and the provisions of the Charter school Law. No member of a local board of school directors of a school entity (the School District of Philadelphia) shall serve on the board of trustees of a charter school that is located in the member's district. The board of trustees shall comply with the act of July 3, 1986 (P.L. 388, No.84), known as the "Sunshine Act."
Organization and Officers of the Board
The Community Academy of Philadelphia (CAP) has a Board of School Directors traditionally made up of nine voting members* of which at least one (1) shall be a parent of a currently enrolled child(ren); one (1) shall be the Chief Executive Officer, who is by the By-Laws an ex officio, non-voting member and is by tradition the Board Secretary, and one (1) member shall be an alumnus(a) of The Community High School or Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School. In addition, the Board elects from its membership for terms of one year, a Chair, a Vice Chair, and a Treasurer. At the Annual Meeting held each year in September, the Board elects its officers for the upcoming year and reaffirms or elects the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The incumbent officers of the Board are Chairman, Jack FitzSimmons, MD, MBA; Vice Chair, Wendy Williams, MSW; Treasurer, Frank J. Viola, Jr, MA, MPA; and Secretary ex officio (non-voting), Joseph H. Proietta, EDM (CAPCS' CEO). The Executive Committee, made up of the Officers as stated above, is the only standing committee established by the By-Laws, but there are four (4) standing committees established by the Board. The other standing Committees are the Education Committee chaired by Vice Chair, Wendy Williams (and created as a co-committee with the school administration co-chaired by the Chief Academic Officer, Elizabeth McCluskey, EdD), the Finance Committee co-chaired by treasurer Frank Viola and CFO Aykema Mabery-Austin, MBA -- the Finance Committee has two (2) sub-committees: Budget and Audit; the Safety Committee co-chaired by Board Member (Vacant) and Dean of Students (discipline, school climate, and safety), Julia Jimenez, MS, and the Expulsion Committee chaired by the Board Chair or his delegate. The Board may from time-to-time create and assign ad hoc committees to address specific issues that may come before the Board. The Chair is an ex officio member of all committees. Also, attending all board meetings is the school principal and DCEO for School Operations, Alberta O'Brien, EDD; CAO, Elizabeth McCluskey, EDD; CFO, Aykema Mabery-Austin, MBA; Executive Assistant to CEO, Kianna Acabeo, BS. Legal counsel from Duane Morris LLC is present at all public meetings.
* The By-Laws allow the Board to be made up of 3-15 voting members.