This spring, parents and guardians of CMP students will have the chance to vote for 2 members of the CMP Governing Board: Parent Representative-Capitol and Parent Representative-Shingle Springs.  This notification explains the role of the Governing Board, duties of Board members, and election logistics.  Parents and guardians are encouraged to run for the Board.  The Governing Board currently consists of nine members.  Because all Governing Board members are responsible to, and for, the CMP network as a whole, all CMP parents and guardians (network-wide) may vote for the parent representatives.


Role and Responsibilities of the CMP Governing Board 

The California Montessori Project is a non-profit corporation which operates six charter schools in the Sacramento region.   The Board governs the non-profit corporation; it does not directly oversee day-to-day operations of CMP schools.  The Governing Board is legally responsible for (1) CMP’s compliance with applicable law, with the terms of CMP’s charters, and with the organization’s own mission; (2) CMP’s annual budget and fiscal solvency; (3) policies which apply to the organization as a whole and; (4) strategic planning for the network as a whole.

The Governing Board is also responsible for hiring the executive director of CMP, who serves as superintendent and answers directly to the Board.   Individual campuses are run by the principals under the supervision of the superintendent, and with the involvement of the local Campus Advisory Boards.  The CMP Governing Board does not generally decide issues specific to individual campuses, and is not involved in hiring staff other than the executive director.  Parents who wish to be involved in matters directly related to their child’s campus are encouraged to join their Campus Advisory Board.

The CMP Governing Board may consist of the following members:

  • up to four parent representatives, one from each charter (elected by CMP parents);
  • one teacher representative (elected by CMP teaching staff);
  • one Community Representative (appointed by the Board);
  • two Business Representative (appointed by the Board);
  • one Montessori Representative (appointed by the Board);
  • one Charter Representative (appointed by the Board);
  • up to four District Representatives, one from each of CMP’s authorizing school districts (appointed by their respective districts; districts may choose if they will have a representative on the CMP Board).


Responsibilities of Governing Board Members

Under California law, each member of the Governing Board has a “fiduciary duty” to the California Montessori Project as a whole.  This means each member has an obligation to act in the best interests of the non-profit corporation.  The Governing Board is legally responsible for CMP’s actions.

Governing Board members are expected to attend the monthly meeting of the Board (usually the second Monday evening of the month), plus an annual day-long retreat. Governing Board members will be expected to serve on committees and fulfill other roles as directed by the Board.

Governing Board members generally serve three-year terms.  Board members may run for re-election at the conclusion of their terms.  The Bylaws provide for filling vacancies as needed due to resignations or changed status mid-term.


Elections Schedule

Elections for the position will begin in early May 2016.  Volunteer candidates will be given an application form and asked to write a brief statement explaining why they want to serve on the Governing Board and what skills or experience they bring.  The deadline for all applications and candidacy statements is April 26, 2017.

Ballots and candidate statements will be distributed to all CMP families May 1, 2017.  Each parent or legal guardian may vote for the Parent Representative seat on the Governing Board, based on the candidate statements.  Ballots may be returned to your campus in person or by mail on or before May 5, 2017.  Elections results will be announced on our web site by May 12, 2017.


Interested in Joining The Governing Board?

Joining the CMP Governing Board is a wonderful way to support your child’s education and serve your community.  As a member of the Governing Board you will be directly involved in providing a high quality, tuition-free Montessori education to a diverse population of children.  The Governing Board benefits from the wide variety of skills, experiences, and backgrounds of its members.   If you would like more information, please speak to your child’s principal, to the Executive Director, Gary Bowman at, or to the Governing Board Secretary, Carrie Klagenberg at


CMP Network Wide In-Service 2016-2017

  Over 400 staffpersons recently attended a full-day of CMP in-service sessions at the Carmichael (La Sierra) Campus

(background mural painted by CMP-CAR Art Teacher Noah Kocina).

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ACS WASC/AMS Accreditation 2017

CMP Greets ACS WASC/AMS Accreditation Teams

At the end of February, CMP is looking forward to its school  accreditation visit.  These visiting teams will include members from the Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the American Montessori Society (AMS) .  There will be an accreditation team for each of our four charters (San Juan, Elk Grove, Sac City, and Buckeye).   We are very excited to be a part of this important process as we reflect on our remarkable Montessori program and as we prepare our students to be well-educated, respectful,  global citizens.

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