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    School Governance


    Lusher Charter School, a Type-3 charter in the NOLA Public Schools district, is governed by the Advocates for Arts -Based Education (AABE) Board. The AABE Board of Directors has an important role in advancing the school’s mission by setting policies, supervising the activities of the Corporation, and adopting positions on issues of substance related to the purposes of the Corporation. The authorized number of Directors, to be set by the Board of Directors, shall be no less than seven (7), and no greater than eleven (11). The Corporation may, at the discretion of the Board of Directors, also have one or more advisory Directors who shall have no voting power or authority but shall serve in an advisory capacity only.

    At least 60% of the members shall reside in Orleans Parish, including at least one parent or legal guardian of one or more students currently enrolled at Lusher Charter School.

    Qualified individuals may be nominated for consideration as a director candidate by existing members of the Board of Directors. Once a candidate is established by a committee designated by the Board President, the individual may be elected to become a member of the Lusher Charter School Board by a 60% of the Board members present and voting. To be seated as a board member, the individual must also meet the qualifications set forth by the Orleans Parish School Board.

    The term of a Director shall be two (2) years. A Director may serve four (4) consecutive two (2) year terms.

    Board of Directors of Advocates for Arts Based Education:

    Richard F. Cortizas, President
    George Wilson, Vice President
    Gary Solomon, Treasurer
    Kiki Huston, Secretary
    Brenda Bourne
    Alysia Kravitz Loshbaugh
    Reuben Teague
    Rachel Wisdom
    Roger Ogden, Honorary Non-voting Member

    To contact board members, please call:

    (504) 304-3960.

    Board Meeting dates for the 2019-2020 school year:

    • September 14, 2019    10AM      5624 Freret Street, Rm 207
    • October 12, 2019         Retreat    Jones Walker, 201 St. Charles Ave
    • November 9, 2019      10AM      5624 Freret Street, Rm 207
    • December 14, 2019     10AM      5624 Freret Street, Rm 207
    • *Meeting Cancelled* January 18, 2020        5624 Freret Street, Rm 207
    • February 15, 2020       10AM      5624 Freret Street, Rm 207
    • *Meeting Cancelled* March 21, 2020            5624 Freret Street, Rm 207
    • April 18, 2020               10AM    Online via Google Meet
    • May 16, 2020                10:30AM   Online via Google Meet
    • June 13, 2020                10:30AM      Online via Google Meet
    • The Hearing for Proposed Budget FY21 is Monday, June 29 at 5 pm via Zoom
    • July 31, 2020                 4:00 pm    Online via Google Meet

    Board Meeting Agendas:

    Board Meeting Minutes/Videos:

    Public Records Requests:

    To reach Lusher Custodian of Records, CEO Kathy Riedlinger, please send an email to

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