Governance | Fame Charter

FAME Charter School is Closed effective June 30, 2015

Moving Forward, all CUME requests for your child should be sent to or faxed to 510.670.3516.

Meet the FAME Board Members

Rebecca Patterson,Board Chairwomen
A successful Independent Study Student mom and grandmother of independent study Fame students. Has been on Fame Board for last two years.
Phone: 510-687-9111 Ext: 100

Mohammed Taher Shaikh, Secretary
I have 22years of experience, Last 12 years I am working with Cisco Systems and played lead roles in managing different Projects. The Projects involve planning of various collaborative activities between various Business groups to achieve company’s goals and deliver solution to customers in timely fashion. Tasks handled
- Study Customer requirements
- Financial and execution plan
- Manpower requirements
- Design and Development of core Software Modules

Muhammad Kafil,Vice Chairman
A FAME parent for last 9 years. Software Engineer by profession, working in Silicon Valley technology industry for last 16 years; currently working with Cisco Systems. Got some Education related experience too including serving as a Principal in a technology college, Teaching assistant in graduate school and a volunteer Sunday school teacher.

Yasmin Vanya Yasmin
Over 15 years of software localization management experience leveraging a strong background in software development, testing and program management.
‚ÄĘ Proven track records in management of software products localization programs.
‚ÄĘ Demonstrated success in taking localized software products to global markets simultaneously, working closely with software development, product marketing, and release management.
‚ÄĘ Strong Management of cross-functional and cross-business projects across diverse, geographically distributed, multicultural environments with varying levels of management.
‚ÄĘ Experience with vendor management locally and internationally, establishing budgets, schedule, tracking expenditure and quality control.
‚ÄĘ Software Engineering Knowledge: software development life cycle; from conception, specification, design, development, testing, documentation and maintenance phases.
‚ÄĘ Strong communication, analytical skills and ability to thrive under pressure and function effectively in a fast-paced environment; providing strong leadership skills and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Foreign Language: Japanese, Basic Mandarin, Basic Arabic, Intermediate Persian, Hindi/Urdu, and Burmese(native). Email:

Abid Saeed
He is Innovative and Proactive Technologist with extensive experience in Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Storage Networking and IT management software. He is currently working for VMware as a Technology Consultant and previously held senior positions at companies like Brocade and Adaptec. His core competences includes, but not limited to, ‚ÄúFostering new ideas‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúTechnology Partners Engagement‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúSpeaking at Technology forums‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄĚHelping Non-profits & under privileged communities‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúMentoring youth to empower them‚ÄĚ.

The Charter School is operated by a California 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation, Bay Area School for Independent Study, Inc. The Articles of Incorporation of BASIS, Inc., include the operation of FAME and are filed with the California Secretary of State. The Charter School is governed pursuant to the BASIS, Inc. corporate bylaws, which are consistent with this charter.

Non-Profit Board of Directors BASIS, Inc., a five-to-seven-member Board of Directors, governs the School. The Board’s major roles and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • monitoring the aggregate academic achievement of FAME students;
  • establishing and approving all major educational and operational policies (a ‚Äúmajor‚ÄĚ policy is one that fundamentally determines how FAME operates or educates its students);
  • overseeing the School‚Äôs fiscal affairs;
  • approving the School‚Äôs annual budget;
  • approving contracts consistent with the School‚Äôs fiscal policies;
  • selecting an independent auditor;
  • selecting and evaluating chief executive officers;; and
  • meeting corporate requirements.

Vacancies are filled as follows:

Vacancies on the Board of Directors may be filled by approval of the Board of Directors or, if the number of directors then in office is less than a quorum, by (1) the unanimous consent of the directors then in office, (2) the affirmative vote of a majority of the directors then in office at a meeting held according to notice or waivers of notice complying with Corporations Code Section 5211, or (3) a sole remaining director. Please see our bylaws for more information.

Notices of board openings are posted to the FAME website and at school sites. The postings describe the time period and method for interested candidates to present their interest in joining the Board. Board members will consider interested applicants for Board membership and vote to approve any new member as an item on the agenda of an open meeting that has been noticed according to California Corporations Code Section 5211 and Brown Act requirements. Only current Board members vote for new members, as defined in Article VII, Section 11 of the bylaws.

Parent Participation

We encourage the development of a parent/teacher organization (PTO) at each location made up of parents and guardians of FAME students and FAME teachers whose primary role is to provide support and feedback regarding site activities. The PTO operates independently from the school. The PTO holds meetings throughout the year allowing parents to hear how the School operates, how it provides educational service, and how it is accountable to the community. The School also promotes parent participation by supporting and strongly encouraging parents and guardians to contribute a minimum of 20 hours per year of volunteer work, of which at least five (5) hours occurs in their child’s classroom. The PTO also may plan special events and fundraisers for the School, coordinate teacher appreciation week, and School celebrations.

Decision Making Process

The Governing Board schedules monthly meetings based on an annual calendar. The meeting dates and times as posted are subject to change within the limits of the Brown Act but are memorialized each year as an annual calendar for planning purposes. The meetings are typically held at FAME's main administrative offices in Newark, but may also be scheduled at FAME Public Charter School site based locations or resource centers on occasion. Meeting agendas are posted at the main office and all school sites as well as distributed directly to our parent-teacher organization leadership. FAME staff, parents, students and members of the community are encouraged to attend to keep abreast of school operations. Each meeting allows for public comment on items both on the agenda and off of the agenda.

The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for oversight of the day-to-day operations of the school. The CEO recommends policy and procedure to the board and in collaboration with the school's Chief Financial Officer (CFO), develops the annual operating budget for approval. The Parent-Teacher Organization and FAME's Leadership team serve as advisory bodies to the CEO presenting the interests of FAME's education community contributing ideas, addressing matters of concern, and introducing prospective projects or "wish list" items that help the CEO and CFO make critical decisions regarding the development of the budget and programs.

FAME's Parent-Teacher organization acts as a communication channel between parents, teachers, students, and groups both within and outside of the school community by means of regular meetings and special events. The meetings serve as a forum for the discussion of matters of interest and concern to the parents and teachers of the school in regard to the school programs and community. The PTO is given time during each board meeting to provide feedback to the board and as wells as to provide an update on their activities and meets regularly with the CEO to provide input about the school community.

The leadership team is comprised of the school's directors and principals. The team has been formed to facilitate shared governance and to serve as an advisory group to the CEO in the development of school programs. The leadership team meets regularly with their staffs and solicits input regarding matters of concern to the school employees and represents the concerns to the CEO and the Board during monthly meetings.

Conflict Code

The School has adopted and shall abide by a Conflicts Code aligned with the Corporations Code and the Political Reform Act and any other conflicts laws applicable to charter schools.

Brown Act

The School complies with the Brown Act.

Organizational Chart

FAME’s current organizational chart, which the School Board may modify from time to time as the organization evolves, may be viewed by clicking here.

FAME Governance Documents
     2014-15 FAME Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)
     Articles of Incorporation
     Notice of 501c3
     EPA notification
     EPA Spending

   Board Policies
     Governing Board Member Orientation
     Fiscal PDF
     Governance PDF
     Personnel PDF
     Students PDF
     Early Kindergarten Enrollment & Admin policy
     UCP & Internal Complaint PDF
     Admisssions and Admin Procedures PDF
     Homeless Children PDF
     Pupil Recruitment PDF
     Student Fees and Fee Complaints PDF
     Staff hiring and release PDF
     Hiring, Evaluation & Termination Policy

Rights of Parents
     Right of Parents and Annual Notifications PDF
     Annual Notice - Uniform Complaint Process
     Uniform Complaint Process (UCP) Form

Safety and Evacuation Plans
     Kearney St.
     Leslie St.
     San Leandro

Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes

     Click here to download