|Call the Wambulance for Matt "Umit" Yapanel |
Matt, it isn't fair that you lie to Americans about your affilation with Gulen
E mail from Umit “Matt” Yapanel, Board president for Lotus School of Excellence and his anxious behavior sent email to the land development department of Boulder, desperately seeking another site.
St. Vrain Valley Unified School District has DENIED Lotus twice on their expansion. By Matt’s own admission the school has not performed well, especially in English he gives the excuse of turnover.
There is controversy as they currently lease the old Lifebridge Church in Aurora, CO and want to expand onto a second location in Longmont, CO where Lifebridge is attempting to build a 400 acre development with a church and community. The other issue is the personal loans from the “brothers” for this school which according to Mattie were due in 2013 and were necessary because of renovations at the Lifebridge Church.
Here is the latest “NOT FAIR” from Matt’s lawyer buddy who also stated that Academic improvement was not important. What attorney’s will say for money.
Lotus: Denial wasn’t fairCharter applicant says SVVSD treated it differently
By Victoria A.F. Camron
© 2011 Longmont Times-Call
The St. Vrain Valley School District held Lotus School of Excellence to a higher standard than others when it denied the charter application, the school’s attorney wrote in the latest appeal filing.
The Colorado Board of Education is scheduled to hear Lotus’ appeal of the denial on March 9. The St. Vrain school board on Dec. 8 unanimously denied the group’s application to open a charter school in north Longmont.
In the school’s opening appeal argument, filed Feb. 7, Erie attorney Jeffrey DiTolla wrote that the school district was holding Lotus to standards not found in the state Charter School Act.
He furthered that argument in Monday’s filing, quoting the law, “that greater consideration be given to charter school applications designed to increase the educational opportunities of at-risk pupils.”
But the school district didn’t give Lotus “any special consideration,” even though Lotus organizers plan to recruit minority and low-income students to the school, which would focus on math, science and technology, if the school is approved.
Besides ignoring that aspect of the law, St. Vrain has been more lenient with other charter school applications than it was with Lotus’, the lawyer wrote.
For example, the school board in 2009 approved Aspen Ridge Charter School, which will be a Core Knowledge school, to open in Erie, not far from Elementary School 26, which also will offer Core Knowledge.
“It seems like the district judged Lotus more harshly than some of its other charter schools,” DiTolla wrote.
DiTolla also refuted the St. Vrain district’s assertion — stated in its Feb. 22 response to the appeal — that money from the Longmont school could be spent on the Aurora school’s debt. Lotus operates a kindergarten through 11th-grade school in Aurora.
Lotus organizers wrote in the school’s application that they would not commingle funds between the two campuses, then provided the corporate bylaws that would prevent the commingling.
“If oral promises, written promises and corporate bylaws are not enough assurance for the district, it is not clear what else Lotus could do,” DiTolla wrote.
The response also explained why current and former Lotus School board members loaned money to the school. The St. Vrain district argued in its Feb. 22 filing that such loans were not in the best interest of the community or the school district.
When Lotus opened its Aurora campus in 2006, it “incurred unexpected facility renovation costs” that caused a $475,000 deficit, according to Monday’s filing. Because no banks would lend money to a new charter school, board members used credit cards or took out second mortgages on their homes to keep the school operating.
“This was an altruistic act by these individuals,” DiTolla wrote. Without those loans, the school would not have survived, he added.
The interest costs of these loans were passed on to the school, according to the filing.
Although Lotus School’s June 2010 financial report stated that the school owed $250,000 to these board members, the amount is now $160,000, according to Monday’s filing. The loans will be paid off by 2013, at the latest, the filing stated. The other issue was the large turnover of teachers which Mattie claims is the reason for the poor English Scores, well what do you expect when you have ESL Teachers from Turkey teaching English? Or you advertise on Craig’s List for a teacher (HERE IS THE 2/17/2011) AD FOR TEACHERS ON CRAIG’S LIST:
Teachers and Support Staff At Lotus School For Excellence (Aurora, CO)
Lotus is a K-12 college prep school with strong emphasis on Math, Science and Technology. Successful candidates will be team players, energetic, passionate, creative, and patient. All candidates must be highly qualified according to NCLB, CO teaching license is preferred but not mandatory except if it is indicated.
Available positions are listed below:
Elementary School teachers (K-5)
Math teacher (6-12)
English teacher (6-12)
Social Science teacher (6-12)
Science teacher (6-12)
Art teacher (K-12)
Music teacher (K-12)
Special Education Teacher (K-12) with valid CO license
ESL Teacher with valid CO license
Administrative Assistant (candidates who are fluent in spoken and written Spanish and English are preferred)
Para Educator with minimum of a Bachelors degree.
Please send your cover letter and resume to email@example.com along with three professional references.
Please make sure to indicate which position you are applying for at the subject line of your email.
· Location: Aurora, CO
· Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
· Please, no phone calls about this job!
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