Shared Leadership

CORE’s vision and day-to-day operations only happens with the shared collaboration and leadership. The combined effort makes decisions affecting everything from textbooks, instruction to facilities. In June of 2007 the Butte County Board of Education approved the petition for CORE Butte Charter School. 

The CORE Butte, Inc. Board of Directors is the decision making body for CORE Butte Charter School

The Charter Board

The Charter Board meets on a regular basis in order to develop policies, approve the budget and assist in making major governance decisions regarding the school operations.  CORE, Inc. is comprised of community members and parent members.

CORE Inc. Board Members:

Members of the public wishing to send public correspondence may do so at PublicComment@board.corebutte.org.

Board Member Biographies

Michelle Brown, Board President, Parent Member

I am honored to serve on the CORE Board as a parent member. My daughter is a CBHS graduate in 2021 after 10 years at CORE, my son is a current freshman and has done all 10 years of his education at CORE. Raised in Willows and currently living in Chico - we are very appreciative of this community and specifically what our charter school brings to education in Northern California. It is important to me that we continue to have this community formed and family focused option for education for years to come. In addition to homeschool mom, I have been in our community for over 15 years as a Nurse Practitioner and teacher at Chico State. 

Terri Emmons, Board Secretary/Treasurer, Community Member

It is my privilege to serve on the Board for CORE Butte for the next 2 years. I have 3 grown children and 5 amazing grandchildren, and one awesome husband! I have worked in education for 40 years! I was an elementary classroom teacher for many of those years. I also tutored and worked with home school families. I was a PLT for CORE Butte for 10 years, and just retired a year ago. During my years at CORE I was always impressed with the parents who were dedicated to schooling their children. I believe that CORE offers a unique and important option for families who desire an alternative to a traditional classroom setting. It is my goal as a board member to make sure that the unique opportunities that CORE offers continue.

James Bishop, Community Member

Our family has a long history with CORE. Six of our children attended with three graduates and I even took a year away from my software development career to teach at CORE out of enthusiasm for what they were doing. We were always avid homeschoolers but also have many connections to public, charter and private schools. I have degrees in Mathematics (BS) and Computer Science (MA) and teaching credentials in Math, Physics and Chemistry. As a board member, I will research topics of concern to help families navigate issues and know where I stand. After the experience of the last two years and speaking at a dozen school board meetings, one of my goals is to dramatically improve communication between parents and their representatives. Opening up dialog will allow us to navigate challenges together in the family spirit that made CORE such a wonderful place in years past.

Chris Balint, Parent Member

I have just joined the CORE Board as a parent member. I am so proud to serve in this capacity. I have a daughter in 7th grade at CORE and my son is a freshman at CBHS. The personalized learning model has given both of my children a chance to be challenged and succeed that matches who they are as individuals. My family and I have lived in Chico for 8 years and have spent the majority of time with CORE Butte. In addition, I am a Youth Pastor who has CORE Butte students who attend our weekly meetings. CORE's emphasis on high quality, personalized learning is evident and is an obvious piece to each student's growth and success in their lives. For this reason I am passionate about being on the Board and I want to see us maintain the impact that this charter school has on our area longer term. 

Kelly Holliday, Parent Member

I am honored to serve on the Board of Directors as a Parent Member. I have been homeschooling for over ten years with two daughters who have thrived in the personalized learning model of CORE Butte. I have been a resident of Butte County for over 20 years, worked as a high-school classroom teacher, facilitated multiple student programs in the sciences and am a business owner in Paradise, CA. I truly believe in the mission and vision of CORE Butte and it is my goal as a Board member to ensure that students and families have access to education in the format that most successfully honors their individual needs.