The Board of Trustees at Explorer West Middle School is always actively recruiting for qualified candidates to consider service on the Board and support the mission of the school. We seek to sustain and grow a strategic, diverse and passionate Board of Trustees.
Role of the Board of Trustees
Each year the Board oversees several important tasks, including approval of the annual operating budget, determination of the School’s tuition, strategic planning, oversight of facilities, stewardship of fund development, the approval of the Head of School (HOS) goals and the evaluation of the HOS.
The Explorer West School Board is comprised of a maximum of 15 elected Trustees along with the Head of School and the Financial Director. The Board is comprised of parents of current and alumni students, alumni and other qualified individuals with skills the Board is seeking to benefit from. Board members attend monthly Board meetings during the school year, one annual meeting and retreat, actively serve on at least one Board committee and are asked to attend a number of school events as well. The time commitment generally runs between 2 – 5 hours per month.
Strategic Skill Sets – Currently Recruiting
Each year the Board completes an assessment of skills and qualifications of current Trustees to determine where gaps exist. As is the case across all aspects of our work, we are interested in improving the diversity of the Board to reflect our commitment to a more diverse student and parent community at Explorer West. The strategic skill sets and Board perspectives we are prioritizing in our current recruitment efforts include:
- Fundraising / Development
- Multi-Cultural Experience
- Technology Guidance
While prior non-profit board experience is always beneficial, the Board also welcomes appropriate candidates who can bring a fresh perspective in community service. Often, a parent seeks to join the Board after having served with the Parent Community Network (PCN) or on an active Board committee.
The work of the Board is currently supported by the following committees:
- Strategic Planning
- Trustees Affairs
- Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
All Board members are responsible for recruiting new Board members but the Trustee Affairs Committee oversees and administers member recruitment. The Committee considers candidates based upon the prioritized skill sets and introduces and recommends prospective Trustees to the full Board.
We encourage you to tell us about your background and interest in serving on the Explorer West Board or one of our committees. Please find a Statement of Interest below which allows us to gather a brief understanding of your potential service.
We also appreciate your referring individuals in the parent community who you think have the skill set and/or experience for Board participation. You will find a referral form below to introduce them to us as well.
We appreciate your support of Explorer West and volunteering your time and talent in a way that best serves you and the school.
Gratefully yours – Explorer West Board of Trustees
- Jim Woeppel, President, Community Supporter
- Leslie Thornton – Vice President, Community Supporter
- Rob Fleming – Treasurer, Community Supporter
- Willi Sears – Secretary, Student Alumnus
- Doug Pedegana – Past President, Alumni Parent
- Karen Kalzer – Past President, Alumni Parent
- Eric Eberhard – Development Chair, Alumni Grandparent
- Katie DePuma – Trustees Affairs Chair, Alumni Parent
- Paul Shea – Facilities, Current Student Parent
- Michelle McGee – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Chair, Current Student Parent
- Steve Hammond – Strategic Planning, Community Supporter
- David King – Facilities, Student Alumnus