Biographies & Documents

Don Knapp, Board President
dknapp@lotusschool.org

Angelina Velez-Reyes, Board Secretary
areyes@lotusschool.org

Haregewoin Weledmariam, Board Treasurer
hweledmariam@lotusschool.org

Zikri Arslan, Board Member
zaslan@lotusschool.org

H. Ray Keith, Board Member
hrkeith@lotusschool.org

School Board Calendar

School Board Announcements

Lotus School for Excellence is looking for new board members.  Being a school board member is one of the ways that the community can support and impact Lotus.

WHAT IS A SCHOOL BOARD?

School Boards at Lotus are composed of unpaid, elected representatives who are selected to represent their community in school decisions.

WHO CAN RUN FOR THE LOTUS SCHOOL BOARD?

Family members and community members are eligible to run for the school board.  The school bylaws require that at least one board member is a parent or guardian of a current Lotus student.  Generally, paid staff members wouldn’t be able to run for the school board because of the conflict of interest between the role of the school board and the role of a staff member.

HOW LONG DO THEY SERVE?

Each school board member is elected to serve a three-year terms and the terms of the school board are staggered so that 1-2 board members end their term each year.

WHAT SKILLS SHOULD A BOARD MEMBER BRING?

The school generally looks for members who have expertise in an area that directly benefits the school. Some of the skills that might make a strong board member are experience or expertise in the following areas:

  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Education
  • Non-profits
  • Community Partnerships
  • Management
  • Experience on other boards
  • A passion for Lotus

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

If a person is considering being part of the Lotus school board, that person should understand that there is a time commitment.  In addition to monthly meetings, there is research to do, materials to review, possible special meetings, potential committee work, and additional duties.  The exact amount of time commitment varies on the month and what is happening within the school, but a board member should expect at least 5 hours a month (and sometimes significantly more) as a board member.

HOW DO I EXPRESS MY INTEREST IN THE SCHOOL BOARD?

If you are interested in being part of the Lotus school board, send a letter of interest and resume to the board president at dknapp@lotusschool.org. Applicant information is reviewed and the applicants who have a skillset that most closely matches the current needs of the board will be asked to attend a board meeting for an interview with the entire board.  After the interview, the board will choose whether or not to appoint an applicant.