Rural Education Matters – January 2011

By Jennifer Jarosz

This is a busy time for Rural Education Matters. In an effort to open Charlton Heston Academy for the 2011-2012 school year the board members find themselves with many tasks as the New Year begins.
As the organization continues to wait on their Phase II application process efforts are being made to remain proactive by revising and submitting additional applications to other universities as they begin opening their doors to new charter school applicants. Currently applications will be submitted to Northern Michigan University, Oakland University, Lake Superior State University, Saginaw Valley State, and Central Michigan. The application process is open between January 1st and February 1st.
In addition to the application process with potential university authorizers the group is continuing to talk with local entities that are eligible to authorize and/or partner with charter schools. The goal remains the same…to offer a superior educational choice for Roscommon and surrounding counties.
The Board will be discussing the retention of two professionals in charter school operations. Joe Urban of Clark Hill PLC, an attorney experienced in municipal finance, educational law, and real estate law will be one of the guests. The second professional is Patrick Sweeney with Croskey, Lanni, & Company, PC. He is a CPA with experience in overseeing Not-For-Profit and Charter School finance and auditing.
As a reminder the RAPS school board is holding a special meeting on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 5:00 and 7:00 pm in the high school cafeteria. This is to be a community forum in which the public is requested to provide input into the hiring of a new superintendent. All interested persons (tax payers, parents, teachers) are asked to let the board know what important qualities the new superintendent should possess. If you are unable to attend the Community Forum you can fill out a survey online at under “News & Announcements”.
As always the public is encouraged to attend the Rural Education Matters meetings at the Richfield Township Hall on the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.

Reprinted with permission from The FISH Newspaper January 2011 issue