School Governance


As a LAUSD affiliated charter school, SOEC has significant autonomy over policies, programs, and procedures. The Governance Council, which manages these policies and procedures, is comprised of elected teachers, parents, and staff representatives.  The council participates in decisions regarding curriculum, hiring, budget, enrollment, and day-to-day and long-term school administration concerns.

The Governance Council is comprised of 14 representatives, divided between staff and parents. Elections for the two year terms are held in the fall of each year to fill vacant Governance Council positions.



Governance Council meetings are held the fourth Thursday of the month, at 2:40 pm, in the Sydel Auditorium. Meetings are open to the public, and parents, guardians, and all members of the community are encouraged to attend.

If you want to place an item on the agenda and/or have a concern or idea you wish to make known to the Council, please contact council chair, Kanchan Mattoo at  Monthly meeting times and dates are posted on the school calendar and are announced in the SOPA email blast. Meeting notices and agendas are posted on the Governance bulletin board in the hallway outside the main office.


The Council has established certain advisory committees in order to allow broader participation and to help the Council operate more efficiently as it works towards achieving the goals outlined in our charter. These committees meet separately from the Governance Council, but report their progress at the regular monthly Council meetings.  Committee meetings will be posted on the SOEC website and on the bulletin board at the SOEC office. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate.

Our standing committees include:

  • Budget
  • Communications
  • Curriculum
  • School Safety
  • School-wide Positive Behavior
  • Technology
  • School Beautification
Ad hoc committees are established when a specific issue requires a dedicated team to conduct research before a governance decision is made.

Make a Difference — Get Involved

The Governance Council is informative, rewarding, and vital to our school’s future. Here are a few ways you can become involved:

  • Attend monthly meetings – meetings are open to the public
  • Volunteer for a Council committee
  • Consider running to become a parent representative in our next election
  • Voice your opinion – seek out Council representatives when you have an idea or concern


SOEC Governance Council Bylaws Revised 05.2017