Charter School Board

As the school’s governing body, the Schaefer board is responsible for the academic, financial and operational quality of the school.   Given the governance structure, the board is integral to the proper oversight of schools.

Board Members

The Board of Directors for Bronzeville Academy is comprised of professionals with extensive years of experience in nonprofit and educational experience.  Bronzeville Academy is always looking for qualified and committed individuals for Board expansion.  The role of a charter school board member is to provide strategic vision for the school, hire leaders to run the school, hold those leaders accountable for academic success.

Meet our Board Members

L. Jefferson

J. Thornton

L. Miller

W. Franklin

S. Barton -
Parent Representative

Board Meeting Schedule*

Board meeting and committee meetings will be held at the same meeting.  There are no committees.

Board meetings will be held on the second Monday of each month.

Meetings are regularly held in person at Bronzeville Academy Charter School, 4930 S Cottage Grove.  There's also regularly a remote option to attend the media via Zoom.

ATTENTION: Click here for the upcoming agenda for the June 7th board meeting, and if you are looking to attend, click here for the Zoom Link.

Meeting Calendar:

July 10, 2023 at 6:30 CST

August 14, 2023 at 6:30 CST

September 11, 2023 at 6:30 CST

November 13, 2023 at 9:00 (AM) CST

December 11, 2023 at 6:30 CST

January 8, 2024 at 6:30 CST

February 12, 2024 at 6:30 CST

March 11, 2024 at 6:30 CST

April 8, 2024 at 6:30 CST

May 13, 2024 at 6:30 CST

June 10, 2024 at 6:30 CST


June 13th, 2023 at 6:30 CST

Read meeting minutes

May 9th, 2023 at 6:30 CST

Read meeting minutes

April 11th, 2023 at 6:30 CST

Read meeting minutes


Bronzeville Academy Charter School was approved as charter authorized by the Illinois State Charter Commission in 2016. Prior the school was authorized by the Chicago Board of Education until November 18, 2015.  The Illinois State Charter Commission was dissolved by legislation in June 2020 and the schools under its authorization fall directly to the Illinois State Board of Education for authorization.

Addressing Charter Board

A person seeking to address the Board shall make a request at least twenty-four hours in advance of the meeting.  Requests received less than 24 hours a in advance will be referred to the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.  Request can be made via email at

The following information is required to accompany the request:
*Date of the meeting requesting to speak
*Name of person requesting to speak
*Whether the person is a parent, teacher, student or member of the community at large
*Contact information
*Description of the issue to be discussed

*All the above information is within compliance with the Open Meetings Act (5 ILCS 120/) (“OMA”)