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The SAPI Board of Directors is interested in filling some current vacancies on the SAPI Board and potentially expanding the membership of the Directors of the organization.

Student Alternatives Program, Inc. (SAPI)

The Student Alternatives Program, Inc, (SAPI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that has a mission of providing educational services and programs mainly for at-risk youth and serves as the Charter Holder for 4 Charter School Districts in Texas located in El Paso, Lubbock, Laredo, and in the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

Background: Student Alternatives Program Inc.

The Student Alternatives Program, Inc. (SAPI) is a not-for-profit organization that is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is an organization that is not a private foundation under Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi). SAPI is also exempt from the Texas Corporation Franchise Tax. The main office of the corporation is located in San Antonio, Texas. Offices may also be located in such other cities or towns within the state of Texas as the Board of Directors may designate or as the business of the corporation may require from time to time.

The Student Alternatives Program, Inc. (SAPI) is qualified to provide services as a community- based alternative education program service provider. Alternative education programs deliver educational programs to students in Texas who are determined to be “dropouts” or who are classified as a “student at-risk of dropping out of school” under Section 29.081 of the Texas Education Code (TEC). SAPI is also qualified to provide community-based disciplinary alternative education programs with independent school districts under Section 37.008 of the Texas Education Code.

In addition, the Student Alternatives Program, Inc. (SAPI) is the charter holder of four open- enrollment charter school districts operating in El Paso, Lubbock, Laredo and the lower Rio Grande of Texas. under Chapter 12 of the Texas Education Code. Currently there are nine (9) Campuses throughout the designated Charter Districts. These charters were awarded individually by the State Board of Education (SBOE). Thus, each charter school district operates independently from one another under the auspices of SAPI. The Board of Directors of SAPI is the charter holder of each school. However, the SAPI Board has delegated certain powers to the State Charter School Board. Law prohibits the SAPI Board from delegating all of its powers, duties and responsibilities to the State Charter School Board. All of the Campuses serve students from 9-12 grades. (High School Campuses)

Candidate Requirements

Any vacancy occurring on the Board of the Directors shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining directors. Each Director elected to fill a vacancy on the Board of Directors shall hold office for the remainder of the term being filled or until he/she resigns, passes or is removed in accord with the provisions in the SAPI Bylaws.

Term

Each director shall commit to serving a three-year term followed by optional successive three- year terms.

Regular Meetings, Frequency and Place

Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held on a quarterly basis at such places and at such times as the Board may determine.

Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held on the occasion of its Third (3rd) Quarterly meeting each and every fiscal year.

Special Meetings

Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the Chairman, Secretary, or by any one or more Board members with the consent of the Chairman or Secretary, which consent will not be unreasonably withheld, for any purpose not otherwise proscribed by law, grant or loan condition on the Articles of Incorporation, to transact any business described in the call for the special meetings.

Board of Directors are also required to attend and serve as Charter Holder Directors for the State Charter Board Meetings which are usually held on the same day/s as the Regular SAPI 501©3 meetings.

If the Director is part of the State Charter Board, they are required to have six (6) training hours per year. This training hour requirement can be accomplished through the Internet or at scheduled training sessions which are scheduled throughout certain dates during the year.

Criteria for Member Nomination

In the selection of members, consideration will be given to the person’s public commitment, professional and/or community involvement, and specialized skills or knowledge which can enhance the program. The Board is specifically looking for candidates with finance, commercial real estate, non-profit, grant writing or community based organization backgrounds and experience.

The nominee must be able to pass a criminal background check before he/she is considered for appointment. The background check will be conducted by the Director of Human Resources of the Charter Division.

A person (nominee) may not serve as a member of the governing body of an open enrollment charter school if the person: (1) has been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude; (2) has been convicted of an offense listed in Section 37.007(a); or (3) has been convicted of an offense listed in Article 62.001(5) of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

If you are interested in being considered, please submit a brief vita to include any current involvement on any other policy making Boards or Commissions and the reason for your interest in serving on the Board. Please respond before October 7, 2022 (hard deadline) by mail to:

Student Alternatives Program, Inc.
c/o Frances Berrones-Johnson
P.O. Box 15644
San Antonio, Texas 78212

Or it is preferable that you direct your response via electronic mail to:
Frances Berrones-Johnson at: frances.johnson@triumphpublicschools.org with a copy to Monique Reardon at: monique.reardon@triumphpublicschools.org

Thank you for your consideration!

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