About US

The Sarasota Cooperative Learning Project (SCLP) is a small not-for-profit, secular, inclusive and diverse homeschooling and unschooling cooperative open to all families. We offer a wide range of classes for students from preschoolers to teens. Our mission is to provide an opportunity for our children to explore new topics with specialized instruction in a hands-on, group learning environment, while making new friends and meeting other homeschooling families.

Our cooperative meets on Mondays for two 8 week semesters, fall and spring. This fall, we will offer five (5) periods from 10 am to 3 pm. Lunch will be at your leasure. Each semester begins with an Open House, where families meet teachers and register for classes. While SCLP does provide community and facilitate programming by connecting teachers and families, we do not employ teachers directly; therefore, be sure to consult your child's teacher's specific policies.

We welcome families from Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Venice, Siesta Key, North Port, Osprey, Englewood, Holmes Beach, Palmetto, Ellenton and surrounding areas located near Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

Founding Leaders

SCLP was created from the collaborative efforts of a few dedicated parents and community members in 2014, and launched its first semester in the fall of 2015. We strive to continually evolve, reflecting the passions, gifts and values of our active members.

From Left to Right: Becky Saladino, Brenna Foster, Jessica Sullivan, Tracy Pratt

current leaders

Executive Board:

Noelle Knight Director of Technology
Open Director of Memberships
Stacy Worden
Director of Records
Zhani Glaab
Director of Finances


Steering Committee:

Open Fundraising Chair
Open Hospitality Chair
Tifanie Page Volunteer Coordinator
Open Teacher Liaison
Noelle Knight Special Needs Liaison
Open Parent Liaison

Student Rep:

Open

Special Contacts:

Fundraising Chair-Plan, organize and conduct fundraising activities. Consult with the Executive Board to ensure compliance with state and/or federal requirements. Organize events and delegate jobs as appropriate.

Hospitality Chair-Recruit families to join the cooperative and get involved in activities. Assist Parent Liaison with student and family conflict resolution. Organize events and delegate jobs as appropriate.

Parent Liaison-The Parent Liaison acts as an impartial voice in interpersonal conflicts. Contact to request a mediation or with interpersonal concerns.

Special Needs Liaison-The Special Needs Liaison provides support for families of children with special needs and their teachers. Contact to request accommodations and report concerns.

Teacher Liaison-The Teacher Liaison helps to recruit teachers, provide teacher orientation and communication, acts as a coordinator, provides support for teachers, and assists in conflict resolution when the conflict involves a teacher. Contact to request accomodations and report concerns.

Volunteer Coordinator-The Volunteer Coordinator manages the volunteer list and assigns jobs based on need and availability. Contact with special circumstances and report concerns.

SCLP Bylaws

Article I-name and purpose

Section 1-Name: The name of the organization shall be Sarasota Cooperative Learning Project (SCLP).

Section 2-Purpose: SCLP is a nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of Florida, and is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific and education purposes. SCLP is formed to provide support and activities for its member homeschooling families.

Section 3-Mission: SCLP is a secular and inclusive homeschooling community in the Sarasota and Manatee County area. We encourage participation by all homeschool families regardless of homeschool style, race, religion, life philosophy, sexual orientation, political views, and family composition and situation.


article II-membership

Section 1-Eligibility for Membership: Application for participating Membership shall be open to any homeschooling family that supports the purpose and mission statements found in Article I, Sections 2 and 3. Membership is granted after the receipt of the following completed items:
1. Membership Application
2. Code of Conduct/Handbook Acknowledgment
3. Release of Liability
4. Dues
5. Acceptance of Invitation to SCLP's Online Group
If eligibility requirements are not clearly met, Membership may be granted by a majority vote of the Board. The Board may deny memberhsip to any applicant by a majority vote if they feel an applicant would compromise the mission, purpose or cohesion of SCLP.

Section 2-Member Definition: Each homeschool child, that child's siblings, and all of that child's parents and guardians who have met the eligibility requirements listed in Section 1 shall be members of SCLP and may participate in SCLP activities.

Section 3-Membership Definition: Each family, defined as a homeschooled child and that child's siblings (if any) and all of their parents and guardians, will be granted a single Membership upon completion of the eligibility requirements listed in Section 1.

Section 4-Dues: The amount required for dues each period shall remain fixed, unless changed by a majority vote of the Directors at a Board of Directors Meeting. Each Membership shall pay the same dues amount, regardless of family size. Continued Membership is contingent upon being up-to-date on Membership dues. Membership dues are non-refundable regardless of Member participation in SCLP classes and activities. If a Member seeks to have their dues refunded for cause they must submit a written request to the Treasurer. The Treasurer will then submit that request to the Board at the next Board Meeting to be determined by majority vote.

Section 5-Continuing Membership: Members must continue to meet eligibility requirements at all times to retain Member status.

Section 6-Rights of Members: Each Membership shall be entitled to participate in classes and activities organized by SCLP during the semester based upon each instructor's discretionary requirements. Members do not have voting rights within SCLP.

Section 7-Resignation and Termination: Any Member may dissolve their membership by filing a written resignation with the Secretary. Resignation shall not relieve a member of unpaid dues, or other charges previously accrued. A Membership can be terminated for cause by a majority vote of the Board.

article III-board of directors

Section 1-Board Role and Size: The Board of Directors (herein referred to as the Board) is responsible for directing the overall policy and direction of SCLP and delegating responsibility of day-to-day operations to members and teams. The Board shall have 12 members, herein referred to as Directors.

Section 2-Board Responsibilities: It shall be the responsibility of the Board to:
1. Take actions necessary to advance the mission of SCLP.
2. Perform any and all duties imposed on them by these bylaws, and by other SCLP documents.
3. Form teams and approve team leaders and volunteers as necessary within the framework of the bylaws.
4. Meet at such times and places as required by these bylaws.
5. Annually approve a budget.
6. Set the times and places of Director Meetings in compliance with these bylaws.
7. Notify Members of Member Meetings in compliance with these bylaws.
8. Notify Members of renewal dates and dues.
9. Create a slate of candidates based on Member nominations in compliance with these bylaws.

Section 3-Board Compensation: The Board receives no compensation other than the reimbursement of reasonable expenses.

Section 4-Nonliability of Directors: The Board shall not be personally liable for the debts, liabilities, or other obligations of SCLP.

Section 5-Director Qualifications: Each Director shall have been an actively participating Member of SCLP for one full year prior to nomination. Exceptions to the tenure qualification may be made by a majority vote of the Board.

Section 6-Terms: All Directors shall serve one-year terms, but are eligible for re-election for up to five consecutive terms. Each Director term will end on July 31st.

Section 7-Board Meetings: The Board shall meet at least quarterly at an agreed upon time and place. Special meetings of the Board may be called by any Director via written request to the Secretary, provided appropriate notice is given. The Directors may participate in a Board Meeting by means of telephone conference, computer conference, or similar communications equipment as long as each Director participating in the meeting can communicate with all other Directors participating in the meeting.

Section 8-Board Meeting Notice: The meeting schedule shall be published to the Membership via mail, e-mail, or post to the appropriate online group at least one week prior to any regular or special Board Meeting.

Section 9-Quorum: A Board Meeting must be attended by a simple majority of Directors for business transactions to take place and motions to pass.

Section 10-Board Decisions: All Board actions and decisions shall be made by a majority vote of the Board unless otherwise specified.

Section 11-Directors and Responsibilities: The Board of Directors shall consist of no more than tweleve Directors, one of which may be a participating teenage Member of SCLP elected to represent the high school aged members of SCLP. Within the Board of Directors there shall be an Executive Board of Directors consisting of a Director, a Co-Director, Secretary and Treasurer. Their responsibilities are as follows:

The Director and Co-Director shall:
1. Be familiar with these bylaws and see that they are followed, enforced, or amended.
2. Convene regularly scheduled Board Meetings and preside or arrange for another Director to preside at each meeting.
3. Create the agenda for Board Meetings. The agenda shall include opportunities to discuss old business, introduce new business, and a review of the previous meeting's minutes.
4. Speak on behalf of SCLP when a group spokesperson is necessary.
5. Respond to inquiries regarding SCLP's agenda and positions.
6. Assume responsibilities created by vacancies on the Board until the positions are filled.
7. Keep a notebook that includes all information concerning the Director position. Pass the notebook on to the next Director.
8. Delegate these responsibilities as necessary.

The Secretary shall:
1. Be responsible for keeping records of Board actions, including overseeing the taking of minutes at all Board Meetings.
2. Send out Meeting announcements as described in Article IV, Section 8 and Article III, Section 2.
3. Distribute copies of minutes and the agenda to each Director.
4. Assure that any necessary records are maintained.
5. Keep a notebook that includes all information concerning the Secretary position, including all meeting minutes. Pass the notebook on to the next Secretary.
6. Delegate these responsibilities as necessary.

The Treasurer shall:
1. Deposit the funds of SCLP with the financial institution designated by the Board and disburse funds under the direction of the Board in accordance with the budget.
2. Deposit checks within two weeks of receiving them.
3. Make a financial report showing income, expenditures, pending income, and anticipated expenditures at each regular Board Meeting.
4. Prepare the annual budget and approve non-budgeted expenditures.
5. Keep accurate records of all incoming and outgoing money.
6. Observe a fiscal year of August 1 through July 31.
7. Keep a notebook that includes all information concerning the Treasurer position. Pass the notebook on to the next Treasurer.
8. Delegate these responsibilities as necessary.

Section 12-Vacancies: When a vacancy on the Board exists mid-term, the Secretary shall receive nominations for candidates from current Directors two weeks in advance of a Board Meeting. These nominations shall be sent out to Directors with the regular Board Meeting announcement, to be voted upon at the next Board Meeting. The vacancy will be filled only through the next Member Meeting, at which time the position will be filled by a Member vote as described in Article III.

Section 13-Resignation, Termination, and Absences: Resignation from the Board must be in writing and received by the Secretary. A Director shall be terminated from the Board due to a failure to renew SCLP Membership or due to excessive absences, meaning more than two unexcused absences from Board Meetings in a year. A Director may be removed for cause by majority vote of the remaining Directors.

article iv-director meetings

  1. Amendment of the bylaws.

  2. Change of the amount of dues required for Membership.

  3. Election of Directors from nominated candidates to succeed those whose terms are next to expire or to fill any seat during a current term for which no Director has yet been elected by the Membership.

Section 1-Meetings: Meetings shall be planned by the Board, or their designees, in timing and content, and held quarterly unless otherwise specified in writing. Other Meetings may be held as needed and determined by the Board of Directors.

Section 2-Meeting Notice: Meeting Notice shall be sent for receipt not less than two (2) weeks prior to a meeting. The notice may be sent by mail, email, or by post to the appropriate online group.

Section 3-Meeting Attendance: All Directors of SCLP are required to attend every meeting.

Section 4-Quorum: A majority of Directors present at any properly announced meeting shall constitute a quorum.

Section 5-Nomination Procedures: The Board will seek and receive nominations for appointees who are willing to serve in place of retiring Directors. The Board will review the nominations for election at least two (2) weeks prior to the vote. The vote will take place by the last general meeting of the fiscal year.

Section 6-Voting: The confirmation process will be a simple majority vote of Directors, where each Director is assigned one vote. The Directors may participate in a Board Meeting by means of telephone conference, computer conference, or similar communications equipment as long as each Director participating in the meeting can communicate with all other Directors participating in the Meeting.

Section 7-Effective Date: Regularly-elected Directors will take office on August 1 of the year they are elected. All other elections, amendments, and votes will take effect immediately unless otherwise specified at the time of the vote.

article v-teams

Section 1-Volunteer Teams and Positions: The Board may create teams as needed for functions such as fundraising, special events, public relations, data collection, etc. Team Leaders are volunteers approved by the Board. Volunteers shall have been activie members of SCLP for at least six (6) months unless an exception is made by the Board.

article vi-dissolution

Section 1-Dissolution Procedure: Any action to dissolve SCLP must be approved by a majority of Directors present at a Board of Directors Meeting called specifically to consider such action, for which written notice has been issued to all Members.

Section 2-Distribution of Property: If SCLP, at its own option, shall cease to exist, all property shall be transferred to a not-for-profit all-inclusive homeschool support organization selected by the Members by a majority vote at the Directors Meeting.

article vii-amendments

Section 1-Amendments: These Bylaws may be amended by a majority of the Directors at a properly announced Directors Meeting. Amendments are created by and voted on by the Board. Members may submit a proposed amendment to the Board at any time in accordance with the Member-Submitted Amendment Procedure. This published Procedure will be maintained by the Board and must include reasonable time constraints and an appeals process.

Certification

These bylaws were approved at a meeting of the SCLP Planning Group by a majority vote on _______. The effective date of these bylaws shall be _______.

These bylaws were approved as amended at a meeting of the SCLP Directors on _______.

These bylaws were approved as amended at a meeting of the SCLP Membership on _______.