OUR PLANNING YEAR
SDIS's Governing Council will provide leadership and oversite during the planning year, ensuring that all aspects of planning and preparing to open an excellent school are carried out. In particular, the GC will become an approved board of finance, pass all school policies, prepare budget projections for the first year of operations, and recruit and hire a Head Administrator. The GC also advises and provides direction for the work of Lane Towery, the lead organizer of SDIS.
In order to include more community perspectives in our work and to delegate different aspects of of our school design work, the Governing Council has created five ad-hoc committees for our planning year, as detailed below. All commitee meetings, like GC meetings, are open to the public.
The Governing Council meets every other Wednesday at 5:30pm at NIYLP's office, 305 Sunde St. Gallup.
Chair: Susan Estrada
Goal: Create curriculum frameworks and first unit plans for project-based learning, language, and elective courses.
STAFF HIRING COMMITTEE
Goal: Name the characteristics we find most important in staff; design processes and metrics for evaluating candidates; recruit a pool of candidates.
FAMILY ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Chair: Lane Towery
Goals: Recruit 50-80 students; engage families in the design process of our school; build community with families of registered students; build family capacity to have agency in seeking out the educational opportunity for their children.
Chair: Madeline Leyba
Goal: Secure a facility, transportation, food services, technology infrastructure, software.
Chair: Ben Soce & Philmer Bluehouse
Goal: Create Six Directions' wellness framework, write policies a/o curricula aligned to that framework.
Role: Lane manages the processes of opening our school: ensures we meet planning year deadlines as given by the state PEC, builds public relationships, communicates between members of our team, and carries out work as delegated by the GC and committees.