Board of Directors

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The Board of Directors are professionally skilled volunteers who service the Southern Wake Academy community by providing governance oversight of the school’s operations.  Their main responsibilities are:

To ensure the school’s academic program is successful, measured by both internal and external assessments. To ensure the school’s operational programs functioning at the highest level, aligned to the school’s charter and exceeding all compliance requirements. To ensure the school is viable organization, which includes, among other things, that is financially solvent and employs a competent professional staff. 

Board Meetings

The Board typically meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, and the meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). 

Members of the public are invited to watch virtual Board meetings on our SWA Live YouTube Channel.  

Public Comment

Each regular meeting agenda includes an opportunity for public address to the Southern Wake Academy Board. Near the beginning of each meeting, there is a public comment period to hear from the public about matters that are not the subject of a scheduled public hearing. Those wishing to make comments are asked to sign-up before the meeting by emailing No one will be allowed to address the Southern Wake Academy Board after the start of the public comment period if they have not signed up to speak in advance. All requests must be submitted before Noon the day PRIOR to any scheduled Board meeting. Any submission after Noon will be added to next month’s scheduled Board meeting. All public comments will be limited to a max time of 2 minutes. 

The schedule for the 2022-2023 meetings is as follows:


September 8, 2022 7:00PM(Emergency Board Meeting)

September 15, 2022 4:00PM(Emergency Board Meeting)

September 27th, 2022 7:00pm

                                    October 13th, 2022 4:00pm(Emergency Board Meeting)

October 25th, 2022 7:00pm

  November 7th,2022 6:30pm( Emergency Board Meeting)

December 13th, 2022 7:00pm

January 31st, 2023 7:00pm

      February 8, 2023 6:00pm (Special Session Board Meeting)

February 21, 2023 7:30pm(Emergency Board Meeting Closed session)

 February 28th, 2023 7:00pm(Virtual Board Meeting)

March 28th, 2023 7:00pm

April 11th, 2023 6:00pm (Virtual Board Meeting)

April 20th,2023 6:30pm (Emergency Board Meeting Closed session)

April 25th, 2023 7:00pm

April 30th, 2023 7:00pm (Emergency Board Meeting) 

May 17, 2023 6:00pm (Special Board Meeting Virtual)

“There Board will be holding a virtual Special Meeting on Wednesday, May 17, at 6:00 PM, to provide information on Board Governance. Special guest speakers will be Ashley Baquero (Director of Office of Charter Schools at DPI) and Lisa Gordon Stella (the school’s attorney.) This meeting is informational and will not include a question and answer session. The next regular Board meeting will be held Tuesday, May 23, at 7:00 PM. Any members of the public that wish to speak at the regular meeting during the Public Comment time should contact to be placed on the list. We will also set time on the agenda to answer questions sent to Please provide any questions you would like addressed by Monday, May 22 at 5 PM.

After the Special Board Meeting. The Board will have a emergency board meeting that will go into closed session at 7:00pm

May 23th, 2023 7:00pm

June 1th, 2023 7:00pm( Special Board Meeting that will include a closed session for discussion of personnel issue.)

June 7th, 2023 7:00pm( Special Board Meeting that will include a closed session for discussion of personnel issue.)

June 27th, 2023 7:00pm

July 25th, 2023 7:00pm


‏‏‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎• SWA Board of Directors Bylaws Revised 5-2020

‏‏‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎• SWA Board of Directors Bylaws Revised 2012 – 2013

‏‏‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎• SWA Board of Directors Application

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

‏‏‎ ‎2022-2023 Board of Directors

Kay Smith – President

Eric Rhinehalt- Vice President

Leslie Carwell – Secretary

Gary Leonard – Member

Tricia Endicott – Member

Amy Ferrell – Member

Scott Schulze – Member

Board E-mail

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