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Bridges4Kids LogoBay Mills Authorizes Two New Charters
MIRS, June 11, 2004
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Today, the Bay Mills Community College (BMCC) Board of Regents authorized the establishment of two new charter schools in Michigan. The Board also voted to authorize two existing schools.

“These schools were carefully screened and selected from a pool of 11 new applicants, including four operational charter schools,” said BMCC President Mickey PARISH. “We believe each academy is built on a solid foundation of sound educational research and service-oriented operational approaches. These new institutions hold remarkable promise.”

New Michigan charter schools authorized this morning were Great Oaks Academy in Madison Heights and the Academy of Warren. Both schools are planning to open in fall 2004.

BMCC's Board also voted to oversee charter contracts for the Paramount Charter Academy in Kalamazoo and Vista Charter Academy in Grand Rapids. Two other existing charter schools were unable to receive BMCC authorization during this cycle.

Parish noted that the local boards at each of these existing academies voted to pursue Bay Mills Community College authorization earlier this year. In some instances, charter schools undertake these types of actions in order to take advantage of a particular authorizer's reputation, contractual provisions and /or oversight procedures.

“We believe Bay Mills Community College was selected by these schools because of our growing track record of success relative to charter school operations and accountability,” Parish said. “We are building a very solid name for ourselves within the Michigan charter community.”

Each of the four schools selected will now begin negotiating final charter contracts with BMCC. The charters will be effective once these negotiations have been completed and legally reviewed. BMCC anticipates all necessary work will be completed this summer.

Bay Mills Community College is an accredited, tribally controlled college serving both Native American and non-Native American students across Michigan. BMCC currently oversees 11 schools in Bay City, Belleville, Brimley, Flint, Hamtramck, Jackson, Mt. Clemens, Pontiac, Southfield, Twin Lake, and Waterford.

Because it's a tribal college, Bay Mills is not subject to the state statute that capped the number of charter schools allowed to operate in Michigan at 150.


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