How We Operate

Governing Board Members

Mr. Richard Cooper

Mr. Richard Cooper has a Bachelors in Elementary Education and a Masters in Education Administration. He is a former teacher and has more than 57 years of educational experience. He was recently awarded the Arizona Charter Association’s coveted Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Education.  Mr. Cooper is only the second person to receive the award since the charter school movement started in Arizona in 1996. You can read more about how Mr. Cooper’s vision began, here.

Mr. Bill Iveson

Mr. Don Lawhead

Don Lawhead, M.Ed., is a lifelong educator and former Executive Director of the Pima County School’s Center for Educational Development.  Don was responsible for state-wide teacher and counselor training and development programs. 

Don was recognized as the Counselor Advocate of the year by the Arizona School Counselors Association as well as the National Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselors Association for his extensive work with school counselors throughout the country. 

Don is currently CEO of Spectrum of Success, a training company specializing in self awareness, team building and leadership. Don has provided Color Me Successful training to over 50,000 people nation wide.

Don has been a board member of TCDS for over ten years.

Mrs. Renee Danielson

Renee Danielson is a Los Angeles native but has called Tucson home for the last 13 years.  After receiving her BA in Psychology from UCLA, Renee did part-time work with children on the Autism spectrum while working full-time at UCLA in the Housing Department.  After a few years, her full-time job provided more rapid opportunities so her Psychology work was put aside to focus on her professional growth within the Hospitality Industry. 

After working in a hotel in Phoenix, Renee moved to Tucson where she obtained a job with Raytheon, within the Finance department.  After almost 12 years of working in various finance functions for Raytheon, Renee recently transitioned to a job within the Contracts Department and is excited for the new learning opportunity.  Renee and her husband, Clay, have two children and have been TCDS parents for over 5 years. 

Renee has been a TCDS Board member for 1 year and looks forward to continuing her commitment to the Board and the TCDS community.


Board meetings are held every other month.

Agendas identifying the date, time, location and topics to be discussed at each board meeting are posted outside the school administration office and are also posted on this page at least one day prior to the meeting.

Meeting Agendas

Date:Location: Agenda:Minutes:
July 2, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m.
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July 12, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m.
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August 22, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m.
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September 5, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m.
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Budget Information

The TCDS campus includes our private preschool and prekindergarten program, our public charter school K-8 program, and a number of additional programs including Camp Adventure, Summer Academies, Before and After Care, and our lunch program. While we are all one campus and function as one school entity, only the public charter school and lunch program receive state and/or federal funding. All other programs are fee-based and are private programs. Our entire entity- charter school and private programs- operates as a non-profit company.

Below is the budget information for fiscal year 2019-2020:

Budget revisions will be posted on the website.


Performance Dashboards

To view our Financial, Operational, and Academic Performance Dashboards, as well as other information about our state charter, please click here.


Employee Handbook