General Information (Committees, Representatives, Policies)
Board trustee vacancy
The Lake Orion Community Schools district is seeking applications for the current vacant position on the board of education. An individual will be appointed to fill the vacant position through Dec. 31, 2020 and will be replaced by the individual elected to the position (based upon the Nov. 3, 2020 election results) on Jan. 1, 2021.
Interested persons must submit a letter expressing interest in the board position and their qualifications for the position to the district office no later than 4 p.m. on July 31, 2020.
Following a review of the submitted materials, the board will schedule interviews with selected candidates. Not all candidates for the board vacancy will be interviewed. If you have any questions concerning the role of the board of education and the responsibilities of a board member, please contact Ben Kirby, Superintendent of Schools, at Ben.Kirby@lok12.org.
To be eligible, a person must be a qualified school elector.
This means that the applicant must be a registered voter in the school district.
An applicant must be at least 18 years of age; a citizen of the United States; a resident of the state of Michigan for at least 30 days; and a resident of the school district.
Checklist for Qualified School Board Candidates
- Put children first.
- A qualified school board candidate should believe that every student deserves an equal, quality education.
- They should have a true commitment to the successful future of all students in the district and a proven history of advocacy on their behalf.
- No personal or political agenda.
- Board candidates shouldn’t be running on their own personal agenda or political aspirations.
- Instead, they must have a passion for public education and believe that all students are entitled to a quality education.
- Provide leadership.
- A qualified school board candidate should be passionate about moving the district forward.
- To accomplish this, a candidate needs to be an innovative problem solver who’s effective in building consensus and isn’t adverse to change and reform.
- Appreciate diversity.
- A qualified candidate values the diversity of cultures and demonstrates a willingness to address the social needs of all children and their families.
- Understand budget and finances.
- Qualified school board candidates must understand their role as fiscal managers of the district with the responsibility of dedicating resources to the priorities of the district while maintaining a balanced budget.
- Know educational policy.
- A qualified school board candidate should be somewhat familiar with education policy and the role of the school board in policy making.
- Demonstrate integrity.
- A qualified school board candidate must be a person who has demonstrated honesty, integrity and trustworthiness and adheres to a high ethical standard.
- Understands community outreach.
- A qualified school board candidate understands the importance of engaging the community in the school board’s decision-making process.
- Expects accountability.
- A qualified school board candidate must be able to hold the superintendent accountable to the goals of the district and in turn recognize they are accountable to the community.