Join Horizon’s Governing Board as a Parent Representative
As a homeschool parent, you are already personally involved in your child’s education. If you’d like to help guide Horizon Charter Schools (HCS) as we continue to provide a quality education for all local homeschool and independent study students, consider becoming a parent representative on our governing board of directors. In this position, you will help make decisions that have an impact on current and future students and families.
The HCS governing board currently has two open positions for parent representatives. Both positions will be appointed by the board of directors to fulfill a seat vacated prior to the end of the term. One term ends June 30, 2022 and the other June 30, 2023. Candidates may then choose to run for a full term if desired.
Visit our Governing Board page to learn more.
If you are interested in applying for one of Horizon’s open parent representative board positions, please review the information below, then fill out the Candidate Information Sheet and submit to Horizon by Monday, August 2, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Instructions for submitting your application are provided in the Candidate Information Sheet.
Qualifications for HCS Board Members
- No member of the governing board may be employed by Horizon Charter Schools or be a relative to an employee of Horizon Charter Schools
- Parent representatives must have a student attending Horizon Charter Schools.
- All parent representatives must reside within HCS’ six county boundary area of Placer, Sacramento, El Dorado, Yuba, Sutter and Nevada counties.
- Each governing board member must have the ability to attend governing board meetings:
- Meetings typically start at 4:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month with the exception of July when no meeting is held
- Meetings normally last 4 – 6 hours
- Special meetings, workshops or trainings will be held in addition to the regularly scheduled monthly meetings
- Must be willing to actively support and promote Horizon Charter Schools.
- Must be dedicated to the educational philosophy and goals of Horizon Charter Schools.
- Governing board members may purchase medical, dental and vision insurance at their own expense through Horizon Charter Schools providers.
- Governing board members receive stipend pay of $264.00 for each meeting, workshop or training they attend, plus reimbursement of mileage and expenses associated with meeting attendance.
- Each of these positions will fill the remainder of an existing term. Candidates will be contacted after August 2, 2021 and provided with the interview time for the next governing board meeting on Thursday, August 19, 2021, along with the Zoom information.
Horizon Charter School Governing Board Purpose
The purpose of the governing board, under sponsorship of Western Placer Unified School District, is to ensure that Horizon Charter Schools’ students achieve academic excellence that meets or exceeds common core state standards as demonstrated by multiple measures. Horizon Charter Schools will support parental choice and personalized learning, exercise fiscal prudence, and provide a safe environment as specified in the Student Learning Goals adopted June 16, 2016. In addition, the HCS governing board must avoid unacceptable action and situations as prohibited in the Board Executive Limitations Policies, Board Policy Manual dated October 16, 2014.
The five-member governing board serves as the legal agent and policy-making body of the organization. A board member’s responsibilities are many-faceted, rewarding, and challenging. An effective board member needs to be a skilled communicator and decision-maker, willing to work cooperatively with the other Board members and the Superintendent/Chief Executive Officer and promote a positive atmosphere among all parties.
How to Apply
If this sounds like an exciting opportunity to you, please complete the Candidate Information Sheet and return it as outline therein. Should you have questions, please direct them to the Governing Board Secretary at 916-408-5200.
Frequently Asked Questions About Horizon’s Board of Directors
What is a Parent Representative?
Any parent of a student(s) attending Horizon Charter Schools that resides within the boundaries of the six counties of the charter (Yuba, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, El Dorado and Sutter) is eligible to become a parent representative.
How is a Parent Representative Selected?
Selection is by one ballot vote per each HCS family and one ballot vote from each HCS employee. When applicant is filling an uncompleted term, the governing board will vote to fill the position.
How Long Does a Parent Representative Serve?
Term of service for a parent representative is four years unless filling a vacated term.
What is an Education Community Representative?
A business or community representative who has a background in education may apply for the education community representative position. This position is appointed by the existing governing board and requires an interview before the governing board during a meeting. Term of service for the education community representative is two years.
What is a Community Representative?
The community representative is a business or community member from within Placer County. This position is appointed by the existing Governing Board. This position is appointed by the existing governing board and requires an interview before the governing board during a meeting. Term of service for the community representative is two years.
About Horizon Charter Schools
Horizon Charter Schools is one of the region’s oldest, largest and most innovative public charter schools. We offer multiple learning options and more support for parents and students than most other charter schools.
Our mission is to ensure student success by providing flexible learning options and robust support to empower families throughout their educational journeys.
Horizon’s vision is to prepare all TK-12th grade students to be life-long learners furthering their educational and/or career goals. We partner with independent study families to provide robust support that ensures parents are equipped with the resources they need to teach their children so students:
- receive a quality education,
- meet all federal and state standards,
- have opportunities for socialization,
- have the ability to explore a variety of interests, and
- can follow their dreams.
For more information, peruse our website or contact us at 916-408-5200.