Yu Ming Charter School was approved as a county-wide charter school by the Alameda County Board of Education and opened its doors in August, 2011. Find out about our charter, school governance and board of directors.
To operate within the State of California, our charter must be authorized by a sponsoring school district. Yu Ming Charter School is a “county-wide benefit” charter authorized by the Alameda County Board of Education (ACOE), who unanimously voted to approve our charter on November 9th, 2010. Our charter petition is the guiding document that defines Yu Ming’s mission, goals and approach.
A Memorandum of Understanding with ACOE outlines our agreement about our charter school operations, monitoring and oversight.
LCFF & LCAP
California’s 2013-2014 Budget Act approved a new state school finance system that simplifies the way schools are funded in California. This new method is known as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).
Under LCFF, California funds charter schools equally per student with adjustments based on grade levels and demographic characteristics. Furthermore it requires charter schools to develop accountability plans known as a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), to demonstrate to the public how education funds are used to support achievement.
What is the LCAP?
As part of LCFF, charter schools are required to develop, adopt, and annually update a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is required to identify annual goals, specific actions geared toward implementing those goals, and must measure progress for student subgroups across multiple performance indicators based on eight priorities set by the State. The priorities must be aligned to each school’s spending plan. The LCAP must be approved before the annual school budget can be adopted.
Yu Ming Charter School is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization incorporated in the State of California, and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors as established in its bylaws. The bylaws are guided and defined based on our charter.
The role of the Board of Directors is the overall governance of the school, including setting significant policies or the overall direction and goals of the school. Day-to-day management towards achieving the goals set by the board is the responsibility of the school principal.  Where possible the Board focuses on establishing what ultimate outcomes will be achieved by the school, while the principal and staff focus on how to achieve those outcomes.
The Board’s primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Define or refine, consistent with the school’s charter, the school’s mission, values and vision.
- Set strategic direction and goals.
- Select and support the charter school administrator, and review his/her performance.
- Adopt policies to ensure that the school is run effectively, legally, and ethically.
- Approve and monitor the operational budget and finances for long-term viability.
- See that adequate funds are secured for the operating and capital needs of the school.
- Monitor academic achievement.
Current Board of Directors
Our current board is composed of founders, parents and members of the community who bring deep expertise and a broad set of skills from their education, non-profit management, legal, finance and business backgrounds.
Click the names below to read bios of our board members.
- Eric Peterson Chair. Parent-elected Board member. Parent of 2 Yu Ming students. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Brianna Swartz (email@example.com) Vice Chair. Chair of Board Development Committee.
- Jessica Norman Treasurer and Chair of Finance. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Thompson Paine Secretary. (email@example.com)
- Julie Mikuta Chair of Education Committee. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Phuoc Le Chair of Diversity and Enrollment Committee (email@example.com)
- Rodrigo Prudencio Chair of facilities committee. Fund Development Committee. Parent-elected Board member. Parent of current 5th grade student. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Diana Lee (email@example.com)
- Matt Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Ms Joy Lee (email@example.com)
- Ron Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Decision-making Process at Yu Ming Charter School
The Yu Ming Charter School Board of Directors has ultimate authority and accountability for school results and outcomes, including the general roles and responsibilities described above.
The Board establishes organization-wide policies that provide a framework for future decisions, directions and actions of the board.
The Board strives to achieve decisions through consensus. If consensus cannot be reached, a quorum of the board will vote on a motion that has been seconded.
The Board conducts its business through regularly scheduled meetings, whose schedule and agendas are available on the school’s website as in compliance with the Brown Act.
The Board delegates day-to-day management to the school principal, who makes decisions about school programs and operations based on the parameters and policies established by the school’s Charter and the Board of Directors.
Working with the Principal, the Board establishes the structures, systems and processes to delegate decisions that are not related to governance, including but not limited to committees, staffing and parent and volunteer engagement.
- Yu Ming Charter Petition (0.5 MB PDF) and Appendix (2.9 MB PDF)
- Articles of Incorporation
- Bylaws (revised 01-27-2014)
- Conflict of Interest Code
- Board Member Statement of Agreement
- 501(c)(3) Exemption Letter
- Yu Ming Board Committees
- Organization Chart
Local Control and Accountability Updates
School Accountability Report Cards
Education Protection Account Documents
- 2012-2013 EPA Plan
- 2012-2013 EPA Actuals
- YMCS – 13-14 EPA Actuals
- YMCS_EPA Res 14-15
- YMCS – 14-15 EPA spending plan
- YMCS 14-15 Actuals
- YMCS 15-16 Actuals
 Adapted from US Charter Schools Creating an Effective Charter School Governing Board
Jessica is Senior Advisor at ExED where she prepares budgets and financial feasibility studies for start-up charter schools and provides other technical assistance prior to school openings. Previously as VP of School Finance for ExED, she functioned as the CFO for several charter schools in Los Angeles. Jessica is also a consultant for Pacific Charter School Development where she conducts financial feasibility and risk analysis of charter school facility projects. Previously, Jessica worked for the Urban Education Partnership as Associate Director of Research and Evaluation. She has also worked at LAUSD in the Program Evaluation and Research Branch, analyzing data on charter schools, and at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington DC as a research assistant. Jessica holds a master’s degree in public policy from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Pleasanton with her husband and two young sons.