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School Governance Council

 Colfax is an LAUSD Affiliated Charter School governed by the School Governance Council. The Colfax Charter LSLC meets monthly to advise and support the school's administration. This group is made up of (7) elected parents, (5) teachers and administrators who work collaboratively on charter initiatives including the enrichment programs, budget, and recommendations for English Learner Advisory Council, Single Plan for Student Achievement and school safety.

Meetings are typically held on campus on the first Thursday of the month at 2:45pm, or as otherwise posted. All meetings are open to the public! Attendance is welcomed and encouraged. 

Members are elected in August for a two year term. The voting window will close after Back to School Night.  Watch the Colfax Connection for the application deadline in the first few weeks of school if you are interested in serving on School Governance Council! Nomination Form

The following officers are elected annually by the current School Governance Council voting members:  Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary and Parliamentarian

Have a Question?

We're all in this Together!
Are you interested in bringing something up at School Governance Council? Our meetings are open to everyone. If you have something that you would like the School Governance Council to consider adding to the Agenda, please fill out this form and email it to the Chairperson or submit it to the front office at least one week prior to the meeting. This form is also available in the office.

Visitors to School Governance Council may not participate in discussion, but may add comments or questions during the Open Discussion portion of the meeting.

Please feel free to email questions to the Chairperson or any of the committee chairs (contact information in the Directory on this page).

School Governance Council Chairperson: Wendy Chester

Budget: Eddie Gorton

Enrichment Curriculum: Erin Alexander

Charter: Eddie Gorton

Safety: Dana Stephens




2023-24 School Governance Council Members
Faculty / Staff Members
Parents / Community Members
Eddie Gorton
Rachelle Bell*
Erin Alexander*
Alma Cortes*
Wendy Chester
Patricia Dinsky
Jennifer Garcia*
Nicole Fefferman
Michelle Hamburger*
Matt Ferrante
Sylvia Rodriguez
Daphne McVay*
Dana Stephens Dirk Voetberg*
Gina Mason
Eli Gonda
Lisa Land
Judy Goldzweig

*Denotes 2nd year of a 2-year term.

Meeting Dates:

First Thursday of each month. 


Agendas & Minutes View Files

*Please note that minutes are not posted until they are approved which happens at the following meeting.

2023-2024 School Governance Officers

Chairperson: Wendy Chester

Vice-Chairperson: Michelle Hamburger 

Secretary: Sylvia Rodriguez

Parliamentarian: Matt Ferrante


2023-24 Governance Committees


Budget: Eddie Gorton, Dana Stephens, Erin Alexander, Gina Mason, Wendy Chester, Rachelle Bell, Sylvia Rodriguez 

Enrichment Curriculum: Eddie Gorton, Dana Stephens, Matt Ferrante, Alma Cortes, Erin Alexander, Patricia Dinsky, Judy Goldzweig, Michelle Hamburger, Eli Gonda

Safety: Eddie Gorton, Dana Stephens, Matt Ferrante, Lisa Land, Daphne McVay

Charter: Eddie Gorton, Dana Stephens, Daphne McVay, Eli Gonda, Dirk Voetberg, Wendy Chester, Jennifer Garcia

GATE Parent Representative: 

Committee Chair Contacts: (Chairs are Bolded)

Erin Alexander Teacher
Wendy Chester Teacher
Edward Gorton Principal
Dana Stephens Coordinator