governance


 

governing board

Vision. Integrity. Understanding. Respect.

Wasatch Charter School is organized as a nonprofit corporation pursuant to the Utah Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act. Pursuant to its bylaws, a Governing Board of five-nine members governs WCS. In addition, the Governing Board includes the Executive Director and Business Administrator as ex officio members, bringing the total to eleven.

The Governing Board adheres to the philosophy that the ability of the school to carry out its mission and meet its goals depends heavily on the Governing Board’s ability to provide strategic direction, select and support strong school leaders, and ensure the financial stability of the school. To accomplish this goal, members of the Governing Board should possess personal qualities that can be summarized as: (1) the ability to see the “big picture” and the conviction to set the proper course to achieve the WCS mission; (2) the integrity to continually serve the interests and pursue the goals of WCS; (3) knowledge of the school, its stakeholders, its organizational structure, and its managerial acumen; and (4) possession of a respectful and professional attitude toward colleagues.

In addition to the many duties/responsibilities of the Governing Board, one of its key responsibilities is to ensure WCS is meeting and/or exceeding the benchmarks and goals established throughout its charter.

current governing board members

SHERRY JONES
PRESIDENT

See Bio

MELISSA JENKINS-FRISCH
VICE-PRESIDENT

email Melissa
MEG GOLDEN
SECRETARY

email Meg
RACHEL BUCHANAN
FUNDRAISING & MARKETING
 

See Bio

HEIDI HUNTSMAN
TREASURER

See Bio

PETER WESTMAN
BOARD MEMBER
email Peter
JONATHAN ECHLIN
BOARD MEMBER
CHALIMAR SWAIN
BOARD MEMBER
 
 
ANN JOHNSON
BOARD MEMBER
 
 

In accordance with the Utah Open Meetings Act, all Governing Board meetings will be posted on the State of Utah’s Open Meetings website and on the WCS electronic calendar. Specific dates, times and locations may vary, but all will be updated on the calendar.

Public Participation in Board Meetings:

Individuals wishing to make public comments at Board meetings should review the policy on Public Participation at Board Meetings.  Patrons wishing to address the board may sign up in person or through email (send email to board@wasatchwaldorf.org) up until the day of the board business meeting.  Patrons must provide their names, phone number, email address, and agenda item or topic they wish to discuss.

Becoming a Board Member:


Governing Board members serve for three year terms that can be renewed for up to two terms. Each Board member is expected to be an active participant on Board Committees, including but not limited to Audit, Finance, Policy, Fundraising, Board Governance and Recruitment, School Land Trust, and Strategic Planning.

Individuals interested in applying to serve on the school's Governing Board should review the information below and then send a resume, a cover letter, and the completed Board Nominating Questionnaire to the Board Vice President.

board meetings

Agendas for upcoming meetings and meeting minutes / recordings for previous Board meetings are available on the Public Notice Site.

Follow these instructions:
• under Government, select Schools
• under Entity, scroll to Wasatch Waldorf Charter School
• under Body, choose our school


ANNUAL REPORTS: 

      2019-2020        2018-2019       2017-2018        2016-2017

 

family council

The purpose of the Family Council is to develop community and facilitate parental involvement in the school life and culture. The Family Council consists of the parent coordinator for each class and other members who wish to participate. This organization includes and is available to all parents and other family members of students attending Wasatch Charter School. Monthly meetings provide a means for families to be informed of and involved in festivals, fundraisers, staff appreciation, new family support, and other activities as needed. 

Purpose:

Parent support is essential to the success of the Wasatch Charter School and your participation is expected and embraced. Our community thrives on family involvement. Through our Family Council (FC), mothers, fathers, and even grandparents are offered many opportunities to share their skills, talents for the community. This all-volunteer, parent-run organization’s mission is to foster the well-being of the school community by facilitating communications among the bodies of the school, inspiring parent participation in school life, and organizing our efforts. 

Role Within the School:

Family Council is a way for parents to actively participate in, serve, and contribute to the functioning and organization of the school. The Family Council is the third organizational body of the school (the other two being the Pedagogical Council (Teachers) and the Governing Board (Board of Trustees). The Family Council’s main sphere of influence is in the social realm, while the school’s main sphere is the pedagogical realm and the Board is mainly responsible for financial and legal matters.

fees & waivers

In accordance with Utah state law, Wasatch Charter School charges fees for students in grades 6 through 8, our Middle School grades. The fee schedule is approved annually by the school's Governing Board and reflects actual costs of items and services. The fees can be viewed on the PDF below.

The second PDF is the Fee Waiver Application, which can be used by any family that may qualify to have the Middle School Fees waived based on financial qualifications. 

These materials are also made available to every family of a Middle School student upon enrollment to the school, and at Back to School time for continuing students.

Title IX information

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 USC §1681)

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Title IX Information

school land trust funding plan

In accordance with State requirements, we are providing you with information regarding Wasatch Charter School’s receipt and use of School Land Trust funds. The trust land council members for WCS include the Executive Director, Emily Merchant, and all members of the Governing Board (the majority of whom are parents in the school). A list of Board Members and their contact information can be found at: http://wasatchwaldorf.org/governance/.


Our Trust Land Council meets throughout the year as part of the public Board meetings which are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:15 PM at the school with some exceptions. See school Calendar. Agendas for these meetings are posted in the school and online prior to each meeting, and include notice of when the trust lands council will be meeting. The council follows the same rules of order and procedure as the Governing Board, abiding by a loose for of Robert’s Rules of Order. Agendas for upcoming meetings are available on Public Notice.

framework for success

 This includes an overview of the school's spending plans for State and Federal programs and restricted funds, including the Teacher and Student Success Act (TSSA), Title I, etc.

policies & procedures

privacy

Wasatch Charter School works diligently to protect student privacy and to provide parents with required information regarding any sharing of Personally Identifiable Information.  

teacher qualifications & credentials

Teacher Licensing and Credentials

Utah recently changed the Educator licensing system to move away from various “Levels” of licenses and towards fewer license types. Educators may hold a Professional, Associate or LEA-specfic license.

A Professional License is for anyone who has completed an approved educator training program. On July 1, 2020 current Utah educator Standard Level 1, 2, or 3 licenses all converted to a Professional Educator License.

An Associate License is for anyone who wants to become a Utah teacher, but has not completed an educator preparation program (university-based or alternate program).

An LEA-Specific educator license, including areas of concentration and endorsements, is issued by the state board at the request of an LEA’s governing body (i.e.-local school board) that is valid for an employee to fill a position in the LEA if other licensing routes for the applicant are untenable or unreasonable.


Teacher Licensing at Wasatch Charter School

Wasatch Waldorf Charter School employs some individuals that hold LEA-specific licenses or endorsements.  These individuals are required to meet basic qualifications as outlined in the School’s policy and complete relevant professional development and training.

As of September 2020, Wasatch Waldorf Charter School has:

  • 65% of educators with an Associate License
  • 26% of educators with an Associate License
  • 5% of educators with no license (teaching specialty subjects for which a State license is not available, so working under the license of a class teacher)
  • 4% of educators with an LEA-specific License

To find additional information regarding teacher qualifications, see the chart below or reference the Utah Educator Look-up tool provided by the Superintendent: https://cactus.schools.utah.gov/PersonSearch


Individual Teacher Qualifications:

NAME

ASSIGNMENT

LICENSE

WALDORF TRAINING

Arthur Morris

7-8 Remote

Professional License (formerly Level 2)

In process

Rachel Flemming

5-6 Remote

Professional License (formerly Level 2)

Not started

Emily Cox

3-4 Remote

Professional License (formerly Level 2)

Certified

Gwen Wahlquist

1-2 Remote

Professional License (formerly Level 2)

Certified

Adam Woods

8 Grade

Associate License

In process

Alexa Buchanan

8 Grade

Associate License (In process)

Not started

Robert Macdonald

7 Grade

Professional License (in process - completing APT requirements)

Certified

Spencer Dirats

7 Grade

Associate License

Not started

Heidrun Kubiessa

7 Grade

Associate License (In process)

In process

Roel Op’tEnde

6 Grade

Professional License

Certified

Nicole Denison

6 Grade

Professional License (in process - completing APT requirements)

Certified

Misti Moberly

6 Grade

Professional License (in process - completing APT requirements)

In process

Corinne Gentry

5 Grade

Professional License

Certified

Kevin Harris

5 Grade

Professional License

In process

Heather Allred

5 Grade

Professional License (in process - completing APT requirements)

Certified

Tesia Brown

4 Grade

Associate License

Certified

Julie Postma

4 Grade

Associate License (In process)

In process

Annelise Slater

3 Grade

Professional License

In process

Michelle Woods

3 Grade

Professional License (in process - completing APT requirements)

In process

Brealynn Zobell

2 Grade

Professional License

Certified

Michelle Simmons

2 Grade

Professional License

Certified

Candice Powers

1 Grade

Associate License (in process)

Not started

Becca Leaman

1 Grade

Professional License

Not started

Jessia Huish

Kinder

Professional License

Certified

Rhea Howarth

Kinder

Associate License

In process

Raven Garland

Eurythmy

N/A

Certified

David Keenan

Games

Professional License

Certified

Bryan Jensen

Music

Professional License


Caroline Hopewell

Handwork / Reading

Professional License

Certified

Jennifer Samuelson

Handwork

N/A


Jill Bell

Gardening

N/A


Colleen Cook

Library

Professional License


Alison Hodgkin

Math

Professional License


Rachel Coates

Math

Professional License


Heather McEntire

Reading & SPED

Professional License


Brittany Harris

Assessment

Professional License

Certified

Heather Campbell

Student Support

Professional License

In process

Joan Baugh

SPED

Professional License (Elementary) / SPED (LEA Specific)

Certified

Sarah Parsons

SPED

Professional License


Kelly Kvam

SPED

LEA Specific License


Kiera Lucich

Lotus

Associate License

In process

Chris Bush

Lotus

Associate License

In process

Casey Burke

Lotus

Associate License

In process

Rebecca Keller          SPED                           LEA Specific License