Charleton Heston Academy Charter School to Open Fall of 2012

On March 29, 2012 at 4:50pm Bruce Harger, Director for the Charter School Office of Lake Superior State University (LSSU) contacted Jennifer Jarosz, President of Rural Education Matters, to announce the Charter Authorization Committees recommendation to contract a Charter Authorization for the Charleton Heston Academy for the 2012-2013 school year.

A Charter Contract from a major university has been the goal of Rural Education Matters for three years following the closing of St. Helen Elementary. The board, known as the schools “Development Team” have sat through hours of training, met with many legislatures, toured other charter schools, and networked with many individuals in the charter school profession.

Harger anticipates that Charlton Heston Academies Board of Directors will be approved and final legal contracts should be complete in time for the school to open stating in his correspondence “I (Harger) will begin writing a draft of the contract within the next couple of weeks.  We (LSSU) will try to wrap everything up before Independence Day”.

Jarosz reminds parents that a charter school is another school of choice. Charter schools are mandated by the state to provide the same services for special needs students as all other public schools. Charter schools, as public schools, do not charge tuition. Jarosz stated “this is a historical day for our community and our children. Thank you to our development team, our network of consultants and supporters, our legislatures, and most importantly, our community for supporting us through this long, difficult process. We knew it would pay off and today is our day to shine. We are excited to work with Lake Superior State University (LSSU).” Further information will be released as it develops.

Rural Education Matters will continue to meet on the 1st Thursday of each month at 7pm in the Richfield Township Hall. They can be reached at

Reprinted with permission from The Roscommon County Weekly April 4, 2012 issue

Note – original headline had a typo of the date 2013