Board of Directors

The election of the Board of Directors will occur on April 26 & 27, 2016. The board consists of nine members. Employees may not serve on the Board of Trustees. In accordance with state law, board members can not have any felonies on their record.
Applications for the Board of Directors will be available in the school’s main office.

Nominations for candidates of the governing board will be accepted and individuals nominated will be contacted to ensure their willingness to serve.

Parents or guardians of a student shall have one vote for each student enrolled in the charter school. Employees will be given one vote.

Time Line and Important Dates:

February 26, 2016 Board of Directors Application available
March 25, 2016 – 3.p.m. Board of Directors Applications Due
April 26, 2016 – 8 a.m. – 3.p.m. Early Voting Board Elections
April 27, 2016 – 7:15 a.m. – 6 p.m. Election Day
July 1, 2016  – New Board members take office



Dr. Edward Davis, Chairman; Owner, Davis Orthodontics

Mrs. Beth Burke Richardson, Vice Chairman; Attorney, Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte

Mr. Paul Townes, Treasurer; Auditor, SCDOT

Mr. Thomas Queen, Secretary; Retired, US Army

Dr. Chen Li, Officer-at-Large; Associate Professor, USC

Mrs. Susan S. Kuo; Professor of Law, USC

Mrs. Joan Hoffman, Chief Strategy Officer, Children’s Trust of South Carolina

Dr. Lili Ju; Professor, USC


The Board of Directors is the governing board for East Point Academy and will govern in accordance with the Charter School Act of 1996.  The board’s focus is supporting high student achievement and ensuring sound fiscal management.  The Board will have ultimate authority for the following activities:

  • Employing and/or contracting with teachers and nonteaching employees
  • Ensuring that teachers, whether certified or noncertified, undergo background checks
  • Contracting for services, including but not limited to transportation, financial accounting, and legal services
  • Develop pay scales, performance criteria, and discharge policies for its employees
  • Deciding all matters related to the operation of the charter school, including budgeting, curriculum, and operating procedures
  • Ensuring that the school will adhere to the same health, safety, civil rights, and disability rights requirements as are applied to all public schools operating in the South Carolina Public Charter School District
  • Submit required reports annually to the South Carolina Public Charter School District and the State Department of Education
  • Submit a charter renewal request at the end of the ten year approval period
  • Enforce the adherence of the charter school to the same financial audits, audit procedures, and audit requirements as are applied to the public schools operating in the South Carolina Public Charter School District
  • Conform to state and federal laws and regulations, school policies, and professional ethics, including the Freedom of Information Act
  • Design its policies regarding the student records, administrative records, and meetings as are required of the public schools operating in the South Carolina Public Charter School District.