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Governing Council

South Valley Academy's Governing Council is currently composed of seven members of the community. The powers of the Governing Council include approving the school’s annual budget, making broad policy as outlined by South Valley Academy’s charter, approving charter amendments, approving school plans and handbooks created by Staff Council, and hiring and evaluating the Executive Director. It uses the consensus model for decision-making.

The Council meets in the SVA Main Office on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:15 p.m. Each meeting consists of a public comment portion and a closed session for discussion of internal business. Parents, students, and community members are welcome to attend and participate in the public comment portion of each meeting. During the open session, school events and concerns are discussed. Feedback from present guests is welcome. Please note that all questions and discussion will be recorded in the meeting's official minutes. A final version of the approved minutes will be made available to the public in digital form on this site or in paper form at our main office after each meeting.

Temporary schedule change: The October, November, and December 2021 Governing Council meetings will take place on the third Thursday of the month. See the Current Agenda and Documents page for the rescheduled dates.

Attendance and Meeting Accessibility: Members of the public are welcome to attend Governing Council meetings in-person at this time. However, this may change based on public health order(s) in effect at the time of each meeting. In an effort to increase meeting accessibility, all meetings will also be available on Google Meet as part of our normal proceedings.

Governing Council Members

Carla Nieto, President
Dawn Stracener, Vice President
Claudia Cano, Member
Viridiana Martinez, Member
Adriana Mendiaz Coronado, Member
Alejandro Mendiaz Rivera, Member
Diana Torres, Member

Meeting Agendas and Video Archive


Recorded meetings are available in the GC Video Archive.

GC meeting agenda & archived minutes available here.

Governing Council Bylaws and Procedure