Charter School Board Governance 

June 2015 - Important Law Change to S11 - FOIA

On June 8 Gov. Haley signed S11 (which is attached), which requires public bodies to have an agenda for all regularly scheduled and special called meetings, and lays out the procedure for amending an agenda after the meeting begins.

This new law (S11), however, now requires at least a two thirds vote to amend an agenda, and under certain circumstances, requires a finding that amending the agenda is needed because of an emergency situation or an exigent circumstance. This is a significant change in the law concerning how your board members will conduct their meetings.


SC Charter School Governing Board Orientation

Two ways to attend:

Board Orientation

Recorded Monday, August 25, 2014

This training meets the state mandated orientation requirements. Please have your board members and administrators log on and watch.



The Alliance provides technical assistance and comprehensive training on charter school governance to schools across SC. SC Charter Schools Boards must follow the SC Charter School Act and comply with SC Non-Profit Corporation Laws. 

We will list the resources you need to succeed as a board on this page:

Link to Board Orientation Training and upcoming Board Development Opportunities

Board Committee Job Descriptions

SC Charter School Law

Recorded Webinar:  Brown Bag Lunch Series - FOIA from 10.21.2013

FOIA Slides


Recorded Webinar:  Brown Bag Lunch Series for Board Members: Basics of Board Meeting Management from Friday, September 14, 2012

The Alliance kicked off the year with a refresher on setting an agenda, calling the meeting to order, taking minutes, approving minutes, and making motions.  And of course - when do you go into executive session and how to best incorporate public comment.

Resources from the webinar:



Governance Issues and Resources

Motions Cheat Sheet from Board Orientation

 The common governance problems faced by charter boards in SC - Get help from the Alliance!

  • Indecision
  • Mishandling Conflict
  • Nepotism
  • Personal Agendas
  • Too Much, Too Quick
  • Micromanagement
  • Overdependence on the Administrator
  • Financial Mismanagement
  • Overextending Administrators
  • Lack of Policy Infrastructure
  • Unqualified or Poorly Qualified Board Members
  • Founders Hired as Employees
  • Lack of Continuity and Institutional Memory