In efforts to comply with the Charter School Omnibus bill that was passed in April 2012, Ka ʻUmeke seeks individuals with the following skill sets to serve on the governing board: a demonstrated understanding of the best practices of non-profit governance, strong financial management skills, academic oversight, human resources, and fundraising experience. As a Hawaiian Immersion charter school, Ka ʻUmeke also seeks board directors who understand and work in the field of Hawaiian language and cultural education, individuals with connections to institutions of post-secondary education in Hawaiʻi, and legal expertise. Currently, constituent groups elect 30% of board directors. The required skill sets are sought from ʻohana and community board directors who make up the remaining 70% of the board. It is important to Ka ʻUmeke that board directors are passion- ate about fulfilling Ka ʻUmeke’s vision and mission, however, the school recognizes that diverse perspectives and skill sets are necessary for creating a well-rounded governing body. Recommendations have been made to create a rubric to select community board members this may increase the boardʻs ability to recruit board members with the right skill sets and experiences.
New Directors to the board are selected in accordance with Act 130 and Ka ʻUmeke’s bylaws in the following manner:
Keaukaha School Site Kumu Representative, Pā Hoaka School site Kumu Representative, and Support Staff Representative are all selected in June of each year via a nomination based election process by their constituent groups. The Kumu Representative seats are each a one-year term and the Support Staff Representative is a two-year term.
Two ʻOhana Representatives are selected via election at the May or June Hui ʻOhana meeting. Both these seats are a one-year term.
One ʻOhana Representative is appointed by the Hui ʻOhana Board and is a member of the Hui ʻOhana Board. This is a two-year term.
The five community Representatives are selected by appointment of the board and approved via board director vote. Community seats are three- year terms.
The governing body ensures that the purposes of the school are being met.
Board director terms were intentionally set to be staggered one, two, and three-year terms to ensure there was never a 100% turnover rate at any one time. The purpose of this is to allow new directors to more effectively learn about board operations and history from and alongside experienced board directors.
The governing board is continuing to develop an orientation process to help new and existing board directors to more effectively carry out their duties and meet the needs of the school. Some of these steps include continuing to contract a board support professional to provide board training and general governing board information at monthly meetings and providing board directors with the Ka ʻUmeke board manual that outlines board di- rector conduct and responsibilities, and all school policies. Board directors realize that orientation is an on-going process that requires consistent adaptation to stay inline with changing school priorities and policies.
CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS
INTERIM CHAIR: Lima Naipo
VICE CHAIR: Kaʻaka Swain
TREASURER: Lima Naipo
SECRETARY: Leinaʻala Thornton
ʻELELE KUMU, HONUA KULA KEAUKAHA ELEMENTARY:
ʻELELE KUMU, HONUA KULA PĀ HOAKA:
ʻELELE SUPPORT STAFF:
ʻELELE MAKUA, HONUA KULA KEAUKAHA ELEMENTARY:
ʻELELE MAKUA, HONUA KULA PĀ HOAKA:
ʻELELE HUI ʻOHANA:
Gov Agenda 10-25-16 *no quorum; meeting not held
Gov Agenda 5-23-17 *no quorum; meeting not held
Gov Agenda 7-25-17 *minutes pending approval
Gov Agenda 8-22-17