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Kairos Public School is an Independent Not for Profit 501c3 Public Benefit Corporation. The Kairos Public School Board of Directors is legally and fiscally responsible for employees, policy, budget and program. KPSVA receives its funding according to ADA (Average Daily Attendance) directly from the State of California. 

All Board meetings take place at 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise stated. 

Board Agendas 

August 15, 2016 

September 7, 2016 

October 17, 2016 

November 16, 2016 

November 18, 2016 (Board Workshop)

December 14, 2016 

January 18, 2017

February 15, 2017 

March 15, 2017 

April 12, 2017 

May 22, 2017 

June 19, 2017 

August 15, 2017 

September 7, 2017 

October 10, 2017 

November 14, 2017 

December 12, 2017 

January 8, 2018 

February 12, 2018

March 13, 2018 

May 14, 2018 

June 20, 2018 

 

Board Minutes

August 15, 2016 

September 7, 2016 

October 17, 2016 

November 16, 2016

November 18, 2016

December 14, 2016

January 18, 2017  

February 15, 2017 

March 15, 2017 

April 12, 2017 

May 22, 2017 

June 19, 2017

August 15, 2017 

September 7, 2017 

October 10, 2017 

November 14, 2017 

December 12, 2017 

January 8, 2018 

February 12, 2018 

March 13, 2018 

May 14, 2018 

June 20, 2018  

 

 

TIM KRUSE - Board Chair 
Mr. Kruse was raised in the San Diego area with strong family values and a great mixture of country living and wonderful beaches. He worked in movie theatre operations and was promoted to a regional position in Northern California about 17 years ago. After an illustrious 25 year career, with awards in marketing, management and customer service, Mr. Kruse retired from this profession. For the next 5 years Mr. Kruse ran a Health and Nutrition company as an owner and Chief Operations Officer.  He was responsible for all facets of the daily operation along with marketing, technology and international expansion and helped grow sales 500% during his tenure. More recently Mr. Kruse worked as a Territory Manager and Realtor for California Outdoor Properties, focusing on buying and selling Ranches and Ag Land, along with commercial and residential sales.  In January of 2014, he and his business partner started their own firm called Green Fields Real Estate of California, headquartered here in Vacaville.
In his free time, he enjoys hiking, outdoor sports, and creative landscaping, along with his wonderful wife and two daughters. He has also been very involved in the community and in coaching youth basketball.  Mr. Kruse is passionate about providing educational choices, creating friendly competition that breeds long term success.

ELLEN BECKMANN-JONES
Mrs. Beckmann-Jones brings a wealth of experience to the founding Board.  She has served the educational community since 1972, as a teacher and counselor.  Mrs. Beckmann-Jones spent seventeen years as a teacher and ten years as a counselor at Vacaville Unified School District’s two comprehensive middle schools.  She was an active participant for Willis Jepson Jr. High’s School Site Council district committee, investigating alternative block-schedules outside of the State of California and for the Regional Middle School Consortium, comprised of other surrounding Solano counties.  For over twenty years she served in leadership roles within the District as representative, department chair, executive middle school director, and grievance representative for the local teachers union, VTA.
In 2000, Mrs. Beckmann-Jones chose to accept the counseling position at Buckingham Charter Magnet High School.  Mrs. Beckmann-Jones served Buckingham families for a decade, until her retirement in 2010.  She has extensive experience working with students in mapping out four-year plans, resourcing career searches, college admission protocols, test preparation, and financial aid.  She also has served as a consultant and committee member for the Buckingham School Leadership Council, WASC Accreditation, California Distinguished School, US Department of Education Blue Ribbon schools, and Charter Renewal, which involved working with the VUSD Superintendent and Cabinet members.
Honored in 2005 as Buckingham’s Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Beckmann-Jones prides herself in having a passion for working with students and parents to enrich their educational experience of life-long learning, gratified by the development of personal relationships along the way.
Mrs. Beckmann-Jones holds a Bachelors Degree from San Jose State University, a Masters of Science in Counseling, and a Public Personnel Services Credential from the University of La Verne. 

AUSTIN LEA - Board Vice Chair 
Mr. Lea was born in San Francisco. He was raised in Marin County and has lived in the Walnut Creek-Vacaville area for 46 years.  He graduated from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill.  He married Susie in 1972 and they have 3 daughters.  Austin worked for PG&E for 15 years as a commercial photographer and then worked 27 years for IBEW Local Union 1245 as their printer.  During his working years he taught swimming to children each summer for 3 years and was the manager of a girls’ softball team, the Ponies, ages 9 to 12 year olds for 8 years. After 42 years of working, he retired in 2013.
In his free time he has enjoyed hunting, fly fishing, and golfing.  Austin and Susie have enjoyed traveling to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, and Hawaii.  He is enjoying his 2 granddaughters and 3 grandsons.  Austin and Susie attend The Fathers House here in Vacaville.  Under the churches guidance, they have been doing pre marriage counseling for the last 6 years.  They are strong believers in marriage and enjoy serving people at TFH for over 16 years. 
Austin has a passion for education for youth. He supports the Young Life organization in San Francisco for high schools students.  He is a supporter of teachers getting paid fairly and treated with respect.  In doing this, our youth and parents will learn from teachers who care about them and want them to learn.  We need to be leading the world in education.

KIMBERLY FORREST - VUSD DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE
Kim has been a California public school educator for 28 years and began her career as an elementary school teacher.  In 2004, she embarked on a new role in educational administration when she became the assistant principal at Cooper Elementary School.  Kim also served as principal at Padan Elementary and Alamo Elementary schools.  Kim is currently the Director of Instruction, Curriculum, and Assessment for the Vacaville Schools.
Kim will tell you that even as a small child she wanted to be a teacher.  Throughout her career she has demonstrated strong commitment and a passion for improving education quality for all students. Kim holds a BS in English, a MEd in Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies, and an administrative credential.   She and her husband Ed are the parents of two married daughters who are just starting families of their own.

VICKI HOPKINS
Ms. Hopkins is a proud native Californian who grew up in the Lafayette area and attended schools developed with community support and a vision for educational excellence. Vicki’s major was child development and physical education.  She was hired as the first Recreation Director for the Ice Lakes/Serene Lakes Resort in Soda Springs. Ms. Hopkins went on to work for the State of California in Oakland.
After marriage, when the Hopkins family moved to Vacaville in 1972, Ms. Hopkins became actively involved enriching her son and daughter’s experience in the Vacaville schools.  Vicki enjoyed her employment working with elementary school administration and when Buckingham Charter School moved to its own onsite high school campus in 1994, Ms. Hopkins worked for Principal Bob Hampton (co-founder of KPSVA) as his Administrative Assistant to oversee office operations and staff. During that time Ms. Hopkins received public recognition from the Vacaville School Board for her tireless efforts in education. She is proud to have been part of the original Cabinet supporting Buckingham to phenomenal growth and accolades that (according to U.S. News and World Report at the time) became one of the top 1000 schools in the nation. In May, Buckingham’s Athletic Department honors her with their annual “Vicki Hopkins Classic” golf tournament.
Ms. Hopkins is known for hosting events that incorporate her creativity of ambiance and flowers.  Although she has a multitude of interests, playing the steel drum, church work volunteering for Faith In Action, painting, and bicycling outdoors, her true joy is time spent with her family and being a “Noni” to her 5 grandchildren.
Ms. Hopkins firmly believes students are entitled to learn in a safe and nurturing environment so that they will be empowered with the knowledge that gives them the confidence to utilize the relevant tools available to cope in our changing world. Ms. Hopkins frequently says, “It’s about the kids, isn’t it”?

 

GINGER HOLGUIN: 

 

LEAH PARKER: 

Leah Parker has been a Solano County resident since 1986.  She lived on a ranch and grew up actively involved in 4H, Girls Scouts, AWANA Club, and volleyball.  Living between Solano County and Yolo County, enabled her to attend schools in both Winters and Vacaville, private and public.  Her love for teaching began at a young age, spending summers playing “teacher” and using old textbooks to teacher her sister.  After high school, she attended Biola University in La Mirada, CA, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Bible.  She moved home in 2005 when she was hired on as the Service Learning teacher at Buckingham Charter Magnet High School.  She helped to establish Buckingham’s first Volleyball team as the assistant coach in 2005, advancing to Head Coach in 2006.  She helped restructure the BCAL program, and both taught and developed curriculum for classes such as Student Leadership, Keyboarding, Computer Literacy, and Work Experience.  She has a passion for building leaders and equipping them to positively contribute and impact the community.  Leah married in 2007 and became a mother in 2008.  When her second son was born in 2010, she decided to switch to a career that would allow her the flexibility to stay home with her new family.  In 2006, while teaching at Buckingham, she sought out an apprenticeship with a wedding photographer on the weekends.  In 2011, she decided to invest her time in her photography business and transitioned to a career as a professional photographer.  While growing her new business, Leah Dawn Photography, she’s had many opportunities to shoot events around the community including the grand opening of the Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th in the Nut Tree Plaza.  She enjoys giving back to her community whenever she can and serves as a Sunday school teacher once a month at her church.  She currently has three children, all who attend KPSVA, and enjoys being involved in the Kairos community, connecting with other parents and finding ways for the children to thrive.


 

Board Officers

Jared Austin - Corporation President 

Anita Schwab - Chief Business Officer 

Tim Kruse- Board Chair 

Austin Lea - Board Vice Chair 

Anna Rivera- Board Secretary 

Board Member Terms

Tim Kruse - Board Chair    Term Ends 12/14/19 

Austin Lea - Vice Chair      Term Ends 9/7/20

Vicki Hopkins                     Term Ends  6/20/20

Ellen Beckmann-Jones      Term Ends 12/14/19

Kimberly Forest                  Term Ends  9/9/18 

Ginger Holguin                    Term Ends  5/24/19

Leah Parker                         Term Ends 10/10/20