Governance

The Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School is a public charter school in the state of Pennsylvania. Our School is funded by state tax dollars and governed by Pennsylvania public school, charter school, cyber charter school, and applicable local, state, and federal laws. The School’s initial charter from September 2001 to June 30, 2006 was granted by the Norristown School District. Since the renewal of the School’s charter in 2006, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) serves as the School’s charter authorizer. As the authorizer, PDE monitors PA Virtual’s compliance with the stipulations of its charter. The School’s current charter is for a period of five years from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2016. The Charter Application, Charter Renewal Application, Master Agreement, and current Charter Annual Reports are available on this website in the About Us: Accountability and School Charter section.

Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School’s Board of Trustees

PA Virtual has a Board of Trustees (BOT) composed of parents and community members who are passionate about providing educational options to students in Pennsylvania. The BOT provides oversight for PA Virtual and acts in trust for the tax payers of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The role of the Board of Trustees is to (1) develop policies to ensure the School operates in compliance with applicable local, state, and federal laws; (2) set goals for and monitor student achievement; (3) provide fiduciary oversight of the School’s administration and accounting of public funds; and (4) administer and monitor all contracts.

The PA Virtual Board of Trustees holds regularly scheduled virtual meetings every other month. The BOT convenes special meetings as needed. In compliance with the Sunshine Law, Board meetings are advertised in a local newspaper, the School’s Academic Calendar, the PA Virtual website, and Blackboard. Board meetings are open to the public and members of the PA Virtual community are encouraged to attend. The minutes for Board meetings are available on this website in the About Us: Accountability and School Charter section or by writing the Administrative Office in King of Prussia.

2016-2017 Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

  • November 28, 2016 at 6:30 pm*
  • January 30, 2017 at 6:30 pm
  • March 27, 2017 at 6:30 pm
  • May 22, 2017 at 6:30 pm
  • You can join the meeting via Collaborate Link, or via phone (866-398-2885 Passcode: 252501).

Contact The Board

You can contact the Board of Trustees via email at bot@pavcsk12.org or by mail at the address below: Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School
630 Park Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19406


Board of Trustees Members

Bonnie M. Schaefer – President

Bonnie M. Schaefer has served as both a Trustee of PA Virtual for many years as well as academic coach for her son until he graduated in 2012. She holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Temple University. Ms. Schaefer has particular expertise in growing startup technology companies, having done this for Dun and Bradstreet and several smaller high-tech companies. She has taught marketing at the college level and has been named in numerous “Who’s Who” publications. Ms. Schaefer and her husband Paul also have a daughter.

Brenda Sachleben – Vice President

Brenda Sachleben serves as the Vice President of the PA Virtual Board of Trustees. She is originally from Jundedale, a small town in Northeastern PA. She received her bachelor’s in business administration from Wilkes University, and spent most of her professional life working in the purchasing industry for several high profile companies in Pennsylvania.

Ms. Sachleben retired to be a stay-at-home mom for her son, Jacob, who is currently enrolled in 7th grade at PA Virtual. Ms. Sachleben volunteers her time to her church, where she serves as the organist for weekly services and is on the Pastoral Relations Committee. Since 1994, she has also been an Emergency Medical Technician in her community. A dramatic personal experience has allowed her to take on this opportunity and she is very excited to serve the PA Virtual Board.

Sophia Lewis – Secretary

Sophia Lewis serves as the Secretary of PA Virtual Charter School’s Board of Trustees. Ms. Lewis is the proud mother of two PA Virtual graduates, and she previously served as a Parent Ambassador in Philadelphia during their time at the school. In addition to serving this board, she also serves as the Secretary of the Donovan Williams Memorial Foundation and the Delivering Services With Love Community Center Inc., which provides suicide awareness for teens and health programs to low income families.

In her community, Ms. Lewis helps underprivileged teens who are interested in higher education fill out FAFSA forms to secure scholarships and loans for college through her personal ministry, Wisdom. She is a recipient of the Woman of the Year Award and the Youth Leadership award from St. Thomas United Methodist Church. She currently serves as a youth minister at Frankford Memorial United Methodist Church. Ms. Lewis is highly organized and dedicated to the PA Virtual community, where she is thrilled to be a member of the Board of Trustees.

Victor D. Valentine, Sr. – Treasurer

Victor D. Valentine, Sr., of Philadelphia, PA serves as the Treasurer of the PA Virtual Board of Trustees. A proud father of four, he currently has two children enrolled at the school. A former carpenter, his involvement in PA Virtual began in 2012, when he served as a Parent Ambassador helping new families and Learning Coaches in his area grow. That quickly grew into a passion for the future of cyber education for all children in Pennsylvania.
In his community, Mr. Valentine is an active volunteer in his church, serving as the minister of music. He is involved in several youth programs and can frequently be seen volunteering at the local polling booths during elections. He enjoys helping his children maximize their learning experience by participating in various activities, especially science. Mr. Valentine is excited to serve on the Board and assist in the continued pursuit of serving the best interest of the children enrolled.

Dr. Debra Heath-Thornton – Member

Dr. Debra Heath-Thornton brings to the Board an extensive background in higher education and teaching as a college administrator and former faculty member. She joined the Board in 2015 and currently serves as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost at Central Penn College near Harrisburg. She previously was the Executive Dean at Eastern University for six years and a faculty member of Roberts Wesleyan College and Messiah College for a total of nearly 13 years. Dr. Heath-Thornton has a bachelor’s degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, masters’ degrees in criminal justice and education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Rochester.

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