Board of Directors

Message from Board Chairman

Jake Giardina

I welcome you, not only as the chairman of the MAX Charter School Board, but as a committed citizen and a concerned parent who can personally relate to your experience of having a child with dyslexia.
After years of trying to find help for two of my own sons, our family formed the Giardina Family Foundation in 1997 in an effort to address the needs of people with dyslexia, ADHD, and related learning differences.

The realization that even more help was needed for so many under-served children with unique educational needs prompted a meeting with Dr. Steve Hulbert, president of Nicholls State University at that time. Dr. Hulbert liked the idea of establishing a public school on the university campus, and the dream became a reality when the Maxine Giardina Charter School at Nicholls State University opened its doors to a maximum enrollment of 120 students, Grades 1-8, on Wednesday, August 15, 2007.

The school, in collaboration with the Louisiana Center for the Study of Dyslexia and Related Learning Disorders and the College of Education at Nicholls State University, has been in existence eight years and has influenced the lives of the students and parents it serves.

Beginning each day with the philosophy that all children can learn when their learning disorders are properly diagnosed, when their teachers are properly trained, and when their educational environment emphasizes support, dignity, and individual responsibility, the MAX Charter School strives daily to fulfill its mission of empowering the lives of these students who learn differently.

The MAX School is the first of its kind in Louisiana and has become a source for on-going professional development of in-service teachers and field experience training for pre-service teachers at the university. One day it may even be a model of collaboration for other universities and school districts to emulate.

Feel free to visit our website on a regular basis. You’ll soon discover what makes the MAX Charter School so special, so unique, and so necessary.

Jake Giardina
MAX Charter School Board, Chairman

Board of Directors

Jake Giardina


Karen Chauvin


Carol "Boo" Broussard


Brian Aucoin


Janice Fabregas


Dr. Albert Davis

Community Leader

J.J. Buquet


Dr. Steve Welsh


Dr. O. Cleveland Hill


Lawrence "Larry" Howell


Dr. Scot Rademaker

University Liaison

Andrea Bergeron

Parent Representative

Caitlin Keehn Stroud

Parent Representative

The MAX Charter School Board of Directors is scheduled to meet at 9:00 A.M. at the MAX Charter School at Nicholls State University on the first Thursday of every month unless otherwise noted (*).  For the 2019-2020 school year, the proposed meeting dates are below:

 7-11-19*          8-01-19          9-05-19

10-03-19        11-07-19         12-05-19

 1-09-20*        2-06-20         3-05-20

4-02-20*           5-07-20         6-04-20

*7-11-19…4th of July Holiday Break

*1-09-20…Winter Break…School Closed December 23-January 3

*The Maxine Giardina Charter School Board of Directors will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 2:00 P.M. at the Dyslexia Center Office at Nicholls State University.  Regular meetings are usually scheduled for the first Thursday of each month. 

*4-2-20…Due to the Coronavirus, The Maxine Giardina Charter School Board of Directors will hold its next monthly meeting on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 9:00 A.M. in a VIRTUAL SETTING.  Access to the virtual meeting can be obtained by emailing up to five (5) minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

**CALENDAR SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING STATE TESTING SCHEDULE…Testing Window March 30-May 1 (Computer-Based) & April 27-May 1 (Paper-Based)