Board of Trustees
The Boston Renaissance Charter Public School Board of Trustees is responsible for governing the school and holds the charter for the school, as granted by the Massachusetts Board of Elementary & Secondary Education.
The Board of Trustees defines the mission of the school, develops school policies and changes them when appropriate, hires qualified personnel to manage the school’s day-to-day operations and holds them accountable for meeting established goals, and formulates a long-range plan and charter school Accountability Plan to ensure the school’s continued stability.
In addition to its many other responsibilities, the Board must ensure that the school is complying with all of the state and federal laws that apply to the school and that the Board itself is operating in accordance with the rules set out by all applicable Massachusetts laws and regulations. Finally, the Board is responsible for operating the school in accordance with its charter and with any approved amendments to its charter.
The members of the BRCPS Board of Trustees understand their role in leading the school is a special privilege, and take these duties with the utmost level of respect. Board members work closely with school leadership to ensure the school is meeting its obligations to the families, and providing the best possible education to our students.
The BRCPS Board of Trustees will meet every other month during the school year, and will hold its Annual Meeting in June.
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the school. Board meetings are open to the public, and members of the public are welcome to make a statement to the board during Public Comment section at the beginning of each meeting.
*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Board meetings, including subcommittees, will be conducted via conference call or video conference until further notice. Instructions for remote access will be provided on meeting agendas, which will be posted here at least 48 hours before the meetings.
The SY2020-2021 Board Meeting Schedule:
- Wednesday, September 16th, 8:00am
- Friday, September 25, 8:30am
- Wednesday, November 18th, 8:00am
- Wednesday, January 20th, 8:00am
- Wednesday, March 17th, 8:00am
- Wednesday, May 19th, 8:00am
The BRCPS Board has four subcommittees:
- Academic Excellence
- Governance & Nominations
In SY20-21, each subcommittee will meet on the following dates, each at 8:00am:
- October 21, 2020
- December 16, 2020
- February 24, 2021
- April 14, 2021
- June 9, 2021
The SY2019-2020 Board Meeting Schedule:
- Wednesday, September 18
- Saturday, October 26- Retreat 10:00am-2:00pm @ 100 Quarry Hills Drive Quincy Ma
- Wednesday, November 20
- Wednesday, January 15
- Wednesday, March 18 (cancelled, rescheduled to April 15)
- Wednesday, April 15 @ 3:00 P.M. (meeting remotely due to school closing; see agenda for remote access number)
- Friday, May 22 (meeting remotely due to school closing; see agenda for remote access number)
- Wednesday, June 17 @ 9:00 A.M. (meeting remotely due to school closing; see agenda for remote access number)
- Wednesday, July 15 – Retreat (meeting remotely due to school closing; see agenda for remote access number)
- Monday, August 10 (meeting remotely due to school closing; see agenda for remote access number)
The SY2019-2020 Board Sub-Committee Meetings:
- Tuesday, October 15, Finance Sub-committee 10:00 a.m.
- Tuesday, November 19, Finance Sub-committee 9:00 a.m.
- Wednesday, December 18, Academic Excellence Sub-committee 8:00 a.m – 9:30 a.m.
- Wednesday, December 18, Governance & Nomination Sub-committee 8:00 a.m – 9:30 a.m.
- Wednesday, December 18, Facilities Sub-committee 8:00 a.m – 9:30 a.m.
- Tuesday January 14, Finance Sub-committee 9:00 a.m.
- Wednesday February 26, Academic Excellence Sub-committee 8:00 a.m – 9:30 a.m. (cancelled)
- Wednesday February 26, Governance & Nomination Sub-committee 8:00 a.m – 9:30 a.m.
- Wednesday February 26, Facilities Sub-committee 8:00 a.m – 9:30 a.m.
- Tuesday March 17, Finance Sub-committee 9:00 a.m. (cancelled, rescheduled to Friday March 20)
- Friday March 20, Finance Sub-committee 3:15 pm (meeting remotely due to school closing; see agenda for remote access number)
- Tuesday April 14, Finance Sub-committee 9:00 a.m. (meeting remotely due to school closing; see agenda for remote access number)
- Tuesday May 19, Finance Sub-committee 9:00 am (meeting remotely due to school closing; see agenda for remote access number)
- Wednesday May 20, Academic Excellence Sub-committee 11:00 am (meeting remotely due to school closing; see agenda for remote access number)
- Wednesday May 20, Governance & Nomination Sub-committee 2:00 pm (meeting remotely due to school closing; see agenda for remote access number)
- Wednesday May 20, Facilities Sub-committee 8:00 am (meeting remotely due to school closing; see agenda for remote access number)
- Wednesday June 3, Facilities Sub-committee 9:00 am (meeting remotely due to school closing; see agenda for remote access number)
All meetings will be held at the school, 1415 Hyde Parke Ave, Hyde Park, Ma, from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in the first floor main office conference room, unless otherwise noted.
Meeting agendas will be posted at least 48 hours prior to each scheduled meeting. Meeting minutes will be posted after they have been approved by vote of the board.
Important Board Documents
Board of Trustees, Current Members:
Edwine Alphonse (Treasurer)
Edwine Alphonse is an Accounting manager with Circle Internet Financial Inc. Ms. Alphonse has over ten years of combined experience in public accounting (Big 4) and industry. She is experienced in different industries such as financial services, asset management, health, life science and technology. Ms. Alphonse graduated from the University of Ottawa, with a Bachelor of Commerce Specializing in Accounting degree in 2006. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Massachusetts and Ontario, Canada. Ms. Alphonse was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2015.
Lupita Colon (Chair)
Lupita Colon was born and raised in Jamaica Plain, Boston. She attended the Boston Renaissance Charter School for middle school and afterwards attended Boston Latin School. She went on to attain her Bachelor’s Degree from Fordham University and her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law. Lupita has lived in Boston most of her life and looked forward to providing legal services to her community once graduating law school and being admitted to the Massachusetts bar. After being a Law Clerk for the Juvenile Courts for two years, she decided to pursue a career in juvenile criminal defense work. She first began working with adults at the Roxbury Trial Court, which she continues to do, and is now providing criminal defense for indigent juveniles in both Dorchester and Boston Juvenile Courts. Prior to law school, most of her work experience was with children and young adults. As an alumna of the Boston Renaissance and advocate for children and youth in the community, Lupita hopes to be of great support to the school. She was elected to the BRCPS Board of Trustees in November, 2014.
Alexandra Buckmire, Head of School
Alexandra Buckmire began her tenure as Head of School at Boston Renaissance in July, 2016. In this role, Mrs. Buckmire serves as the school’s chief executive and academic leader. She has more than 20 years experience working with students and families, and has been a member of the team at Boston Renaissance since 1999.
Prior to becoming Head of School, Mrs. Buckmire served as the Director of Unified Student Services at BRCPS, overseeing the Special Education Department, English Language Education, Mental Health and Counseling services, and Health Services. She has served in a number of roles at BRCPS, including Parent & Family Services Coordinator and After School Program Coordinator. Before joining Boston Renaissance, she worked as a Client Services Coordinator, Substance Abuse Specialist, and Case Manager.
Alexandra received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, her M.Ed. in Special Education from Lesley University, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Special Education Administration from Cambridge College.
Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga is the Founding Executive and Artistic Director for OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center in Roxbury, MA. Founded in 1994, OrigiNation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit performance arts and educational organization which promotes leadership, civic responsibility and self-improvement among young people between the ages of 5 and 18. Mrs. Dibinga is also the president of ShapeUp with Shaumba, an organization founded in 2012 to help fight childhood obesity and help young people find their voices through several different outlets such as dance, writing, health & wellness workshops, and discussion groups. Mrs. Dibinga has many credits to her resume such as author, artistic director, choreographer and facilitator for numerous programs and schools throughout the city of Boston. She has received many awards such as the 2012 NAACP Image Awards and the 2006 BRCPS Living Legends Award. Ms. Dibinga graduated from the University of Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2006 and was elected to the Board of Trustees in June 2016.
Mr. Engerman is CEO of Arimann Building Services. He served as a member of Boston Renaissance staff from 1998 – 2013, including serving as Chief of Operations. He has returned to BRCPS as a Trustee, with deep historical knowledge of the school and the facility, and expertise in facilities maintenance and financing. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in November, 2018.
Brian Keith (Vice Chair)
Brian Keith was elected to the BRCPS Board of Trustees in November, 2017. Mr. Keith is a resident of Roxbury, and was a candidate for the Boston City Council, District 7. Brian is the President of his local neighborhood association, and an active community advocate in Roxbury. A professional in the aviation industry, he is Vice President for Sales at SkyJet, a commercial charter jet company headquartered in Boston.
Fred Lowery is Senior Vice President of Thermo Fisher, President Life Sciences and Laboratory Products Groups. Thermo Fisher Scientific is the world leader in serving science, helping its customers make the world healthier, cleaner, and safer. Thermo Fisher Scientific is a $20 Billion company with 68,000 employees globally.
Mr. Lowery joined Fisher Scientific International in 2005, prior to its merger with Thermo Electron Corporation. At Fisher Scientific Mr. Lowery led the Operations at the Molecular BioProducts business and the transformation of the Fisher Scientific Products New Product Development process. He later led the Chromatography Consumables business and the Life Science Research business as the VP/GM. He was promoted to President of Laboratory Consumables in 2011 and Senior Vice President and President of Laboratory Products in 2014.
Prior to joining Fisher Scientific in 2005, Mr. Lowery held various roles at Maytag Corporation in marketing, business development and global procurement. Prior to joining Maytag, Mr. Lowery held various positions in product engineering and operations at General Motors and Delphi Automotive Systems.
Mr. Lowery is a father of four and a native of Knoxville, TN. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University. He also holds a Masters of Science degree in Manufacturing Management from Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute of Engineering and Management).
Kelly Williamson (Clerk)
Kelly Williamson is a tax lawyer at the public accounting firm, McGladrey and a graduate of Boston University School of Law. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2015 and has spent time working with various institutions and programs that are committed to promoting the education of Boston’s children since moving to Boston in 2010. Most recently, she has worked with the after school program at the Curley School in Jamaica Plain and has volunteered with “We the People,” an educational curriculum and competition that promotes civic engagement and awareness in elementary through high school students.
Marjorie Gardner (BRCPS Staff Representative)
Marjorie Gardner attended Bridgewater State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education in 2000 and her Masters of Arts in Special Education from American International College in 2009. Mrs. Gardner is originally from the South Shore. Her husband’s military career has brought her to teach in Florida, Texas and back to Massachusetts. She has been teaching at BRCPS since 2012. She is currently a special educator, in a substantially separate classroom servicing grades 4, 5 and 6. Mrs. Gardner was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2019.