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Governance Council & Committees

Woodlake will be holding elections for two open Parent positions and two alternate parent positions (parent alternates from last year must run in the election again this year) on our Governance Council at Back to School Night on Sept. 15th. If you are interested in being elected to the council, please fill out this google form by 3pm on Tuesday, Sept. 13. You must be available to attend meetings, which take place usually on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 2:30pm. Nominee statements will be available for viewing at Back to School Night, and you will be able to cast your vote.


The top two vote recipients will become full Gov. Council voting members, the next two will be our parent alternates, who will vote in the event a full member is absent when a vote is conducted. ALL members of our Woodlake community are welcome to attend meetings and make their voices heard.

Governance Council

The Governance Council is the decision-making body of our school that meets monthly on a Thursday at 2:30pm. It is made up of parents elected by parents, teachers, an administrator, and other staff. The council votes on how to spend our charter money, adding or changing school policies, and other educational matters. Meetings are open to anyone who wants to attend. You will need to submit a short statement to be displayed for review by parents voting at Back to School Night.

What are Woodlake’s Committees?


Committees are formed around needs or areas where parents, staff and administration find problem solving together to be best for our school community. They are groups that help with school clean ups, safety supply updates, positive behavior programs and many more. These committees bring their solutions to issues around campus to the Governance Council for implementation and/or funding. Woodlake welcomes all parents and guardians to join one of our many committees! Committees include Garden, Safety, Positive Behavior, Beautification/Communication, Budget, and Technology. The committees all meet once a month on Tuesdays at 1:30pm. Info on upcoming meetings to come....

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Governance Council Composition 

(6) Parent Representatives and up to 4 alternates

(1) Principal

(1) Classified Staff Representative

(4) Teacher Representatives and 2 alternates



The Council meets at least six times a year.  Original agendas and minutes are posted in the main office. Questions or concerns can be directed to any council member and items for the agenda should be addressed to the Executive Committee.



Several advisory committees meet independently from the Governance Council.  They are vital toward achieving the goals outlined in our charter.  The standing committees generally meet once a month before reporting to the next scheduled Governance Council meeting.  Meeting calendar dates are posted in the office and on our website calendar.  Parents, guardians and staff are strongly encouraged to attend.


Standing Committees

  • Safety
  • Positive Behavior/Student Leadership
  • Technology
  • Communication/Beautification
  • Curriculum/STEAM/Common Core


Adhoc Committees

  • Attendance
  • Facilities 20K Adhoc
  • Hiring Adhoc
  • Art Education
  • Budget & Finance
  • ELAC
  • Grant Writing
  • Health/Education/PE



If you have any questions please call the school office at (818) 347-7097. 


2021-22 Governance Council Contacts

Amy Pedersen Principal
Diane Ross Admin [email protected] 
Alicia Aldama Teacher [email protected] 
Lori Dupuis teacher [email protected]
Ronnie Saltzman Teacher [email protected] 
Michelle Ogden Teacher [email protected] 
Rowena Van Slooten Teacher [email protected] 
Katy Morales Teacher [email protected] 
Emily Wagner Chairman [email protected] 
Jennifer Richardson Vice Chairman [email protected] 
Andrea Rogers Secretary [email protected] 
Brian Richards Parliamentarian [email protected] 
Raymond Roker Parent Alternate [email protected] 
Autumn Penaloza Parent Alternate [email protected]