Ad Hoc Academy Exploration Committee
The April 27, 2021 Alameda County Office of Education board vote was preceded by a decision on January 20, 2021 by the Civicorps Board of Directors to pursue partnership with an external education provider. That vote was based on a series of recommendations from an Ad Hoc Committee of the Board, which conducted an exhaustive review of options that would allow Civicorps to preserve its mission; engage in paid job training; provide robust support services; sustain a high school diploma program and provide continuity for students; maintain its labor commitments, and protect the organization’s overall long-term financial stability.
As directed by the Civicorps Board on July 15, 2020 the Ad Hoc Advisory Exploration Committee was charged with exploring whether partnering with an external education service provider would be a more effective use of Civicorps’ financial and management resources in order to best serve our Corpsmembers. The goal of the Ad Hoc Academy Exploration Committee was to gather information and make a recommendation to the full Board at the November 18, 2020 meeting.
Over a five month initial period, the Committee reviewed staffing and budget considerations, met with students and staff, conducted a Corpsmember survey, spoke with directors of other Conservation Corps, issued a Request for Information (RFI) to potential education partners and ultimately spoke with representatives from 2 possible candidates.
Click here to read the Ad Hoc Committee’s Findings and Initial Recommendation to the Board made on November 18, 2020.
Materials reviewed by the Ad Hoc Committee included:
The following are materials viewed by the Ad Hoc Committee as well as a selection of media that showcase the full spectrum of Civicorps’ work:
- Share the Spirit article about Lily Nguyen
- Interview with Bob Doyle, East Bay Regional Park District ED
- Feasibility Study Final Report, Conservation Corps of Long Beach
- San Jose Conservation Corps + Charter School Assessment Report
- Grantee Spotlight: StopWaste
Timeline and Documentation of Further Discussions
On December 2, 2020, the full Board of Directors heard presentations from John Muir Charter Schools and Opportunity Academy.
Click here to view the public comment, presentation by John Muir Charter School and the presentation by Opportunity Academy.
On December 8, 2020, Civicorps United presented a counterproposal in response to the Ad Hoc Committee’s recommendation.
On December 17, 2020, Civicorps management responded in writing to Civicorps United’s counterproposal.
Click here to read the text of both items.
On January 6, 2021, Civicorps United presented further considerations for maintaining and strengthening the Academy.
On January 8, 2021, Civicorps provided a written response and an update.
On January 20, 2021, the Civicorps Board unanimously voted to accept the Ad Hoc Committee’s final recommendation.
On February 17, 2021, Civicorps presented Civicorps United with a proposal detailing the impacts of charter forfeiture and partnership with an educational partner.
On February 25, 2021, Civicorps United presented Civicorps with a Transition proposal and a Plan B proposal.
On March 3, 2021, Civicorps and Civicorps United exchanged proposals.
On April 26, 2021, Civicorps and Civicorps United signed a Closure Impacts Agreement.