Charlton Heston Academy Board Approves Purchase Agreement for School Building

The Charlton Heston Academy Board of Directors poses at their last meeting with the Director of Charter Schools for LSSU. Pictured left to right is Trustee Bob Olchefski, Trustee Joseph Roush, LSSU Director of Charter Schools Bruce Harger, Treasurer David Fultz, Trustee Amy Hesse, Glenn Bachman of LSSU, Secretary/Vice President Richard Wood, and President Jennifer Jarosz.


Contract to Purchase School Building Approved

The board of directors for the Charlton Heston Academy held a special meeting on  May 22, 2012 to approve the purchase contract with the Roscommon Area Public Schools for the elementary school building in St. Helen. The agreed amount for $270,000 was approved as a resolution and authorization was provided for Board President Jennifer Jarosz to sign the closing documents.

The Board approved a task force, to consist of Dave Fultz, Richard Wood, and Administrator David Patterson, to oversee the bid process for new paint and new carpet for the school building. Recommendations are expected at the June 12 meeting.

An approval was made to accept the lottery and enrollment policy. The school will accept 50 kindergarten students and 25 students for each grade thereafter. If more than the allowed number applies then all children in that grade will go into a random lottery for selection. In the case of a board members child or a child who has siblings already enrolled they will receive precedence and not be part of the lottery.

Open enrollment will begin June 4 and continue through July 6. A total of 250 students will be accepted for the first year. Patterson explained that “250 kids is manageable”. The school is capable of holding more.

Scott Marshall, of Interactive Development LLC, provided a preview of the website that is being developed for the academy. Marshall explained that the website will be a complex portal allowing transparency to the public, communication between teachers and parents, and a system to link to social networking sites.

Although the website is currently in development stage there is a page that lists current employment opportunities. The website can be visited at

Bruce Harger, Director of Charter School Offices at Lake Superior State University (LSSU) attended the special meeting. During public comment Harger noted “On behalf of our (LSSU) board I know we made the right decision with your group to open a charter school. “ Harger went on to praise the board for their dedication and professionalism.

President of Rural Education Matters and owner of USA Borders and Murals donated  a mural of the boards choice to be used in the school for décor. In addition, Colby’s cousin, Juli Dianics of Mesa, AZ volunteered to help set up the school’s library. Dianics is a former teacher of 30 years and librarian of 7 years.

Reprinted with permission by The Roscommon County Weekly June 1, 2012 issue