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Governance and sustainability are intimately linked; the long-term sustainability of a charter school rests with its governing board.  In order to assure the school’s success, the governing board will meet the following objectives:

Act as a policy-setting board delegating the management of day-to-day operations to the Chief Executive Officer;

Set the strategic vision for the school;

Make decisions based on what is best for the students at the school;

Ensure the school acts in a fiscally responsible manner at all times;

Make certain there is an ongoing training program to educate parents and other prospective board members in the work and responsibility of the governing board so that there are always knowledgeable individuals able to assume a vacant board position.

 – CLA Charter 2003

Decision Making

Two principles underlie all significant decisions made by the board and Community Leadership Academy’s administration: (i) all actions should fall within the parameters of the vision and mission statements; and (ii) Community Leadership Academy is a noble leadership organization dedicated to social justice in education ensuring all students’ academic success.

Accordingly, in making any significant decision the board and administration shall consider the decision in the context of the Community Leadership Academy vision and mission statements and with focus on the students’ best interest, always keeping in mind that they are the recipients of product the school provides.


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Current Board Members

Jeff Smith, President: Mr. Smith has served on the CLA Board since 2010. He is a life-long resident of Commerce City, Colorado. He is a former Lieutenant of the Commerce City Police Department. He was elected to serve on the local school board (Adams County School District 14) in 1985. In 2007, he was appointed to serve again to fill an emergency vacancy. Currently Mr. Smith is a Captain of the Detentions Division for Clear Creek County Sherriff’s Office.

Camil DeLaCruz, Secretary: Mrs. DeLaCruz has served on the CLA Board since 2010. She is a resident of Commerce City and her two children attend the school. She has successfully completed courses at Barnes Business College, Red Rocks Community College and Dale Carnegie. She has knowledge of advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations and sales.

Rosalie Montano, Treasurer: Ms. Montano has served on the CLA Board since 2010. She is a long-time resident of Commerce City. She has adopted her grandchildren and they attend the school. She is retired from UPS. Her non-profit experience includes being President of Commerce City: Mission Possible and volunteering for many local organizations.

Norma Clinkinbeard, Director: Ms. Clinkinbeard has served on the CLA Board since 2006. She is a life-long resident of Commerce City. Her nephew attended the school since it opened through eighth grade. She has a BA in Education from the University of Northern Colorado, a BS in Accounting from the University of Colorado at Denver and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Her professional assignments have included senior accountant, financial analyst, and geological technician. She is currently employed by Chaco Energy Company as a project specialist. In addition to fulfilling her full-time work obligations, she also works as a professional tax preparer and instructor for H & R Block. She has served on several non-profit boards and is a faithful volunteer.

Jeff Reed, Director: Mr. Reed has served on the CLA Board since 2010. He also serves as Vice President on the Community Leadership Building Corporation. He has a degree in Construction Management from the University of Colorado. He is the Vice President of Diversified Consulting Solutions, Inc.

Nancy Brooks, Director

If you would like to contact the Community Leadership Academy, Inc. Board of Directors, please send your correspondence to:
Attn: Board of Directors
6880 Holly Street
Commerce City, CO  80022


Board Meetings

Board Meetings are generally held the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5:30-6:30 P.M. The public is welcome to attend as observers. If you wish to address the Board, there is a time for public comment (limited to 3 minutes per speaker). Please see the agenda for when this occurs.

CLA/VPA Public Participation at Board Meetings rules    CLA/VPA Complaint/Grievance Procedure

Agendas are posted no later than 24 hours before each meeting.

Pursuant to Section 24-6-402(2)(c), C.R.S., notices of meetings of the Board of Directors for Community Leadership Academy shall be posted at the front entrance window of Community Leadership Academy PK-5, 6880 Holly Street, Commerce City, CO 80022. Meeting notices may additionally be posted at Victory Preparatory Academy MS/HS, 5701 Quebec Street, Commerce City, CO 80022 and/or published on the organization’s website, www.clacharter.org. Reasonable effort will be made to keep the website current with board meeting notices and posting of minutes.

Board Minutes are taken at every Board meeting but must be approved at the following meeting before they are posted. This is why minutes are not posted immediately following a Board meeting.

Accountability Committee

In 2009, the State of Colorado passed SB 09-163, the Education Accountability Act. This legislation mandates that every public school have a School Accountability Committee (SAC). In 2013, the state passed SB 13-193, legislation focused on increasing parent engagement in public school, which added to the statutory responsibilities of the SAC. The purpose of the SAC is to inform, encourage and provide opportunities for parents and community members to be involved in the planning and evaluation of the school’s instructional program and quality improvement processes through a process that conforms to guidelines, policies, and statutes from the state of Colorado, Charter School Institute, and CLA’s Charter.


March 22, 2017 Minutes

January 19, 2018 Minutes

April 20, 2018 Minutes

November 2, 2018 Minutes

May 20, 2019 Minutes – Draft