Volume 1 No. 10
Providing training for our school board members is always a priority at the Bay Mills Community College Charter Schools Office (BMCSO). Seasoned board members use it as a refresher and new board members are introduced to the rules and regulations of serving on a charter school board. 

On Monday, August 14, we held a training session for school board members at the Okemos Conference Center. The training session kicked off with a dinner shared between board members and staff.
Proceeding the dinner the Bay Mills staff spent 30 minutes going over annual reports. These reports were developed for each Bay Mills authorized school as a report to parents and the community. The Bay Mills reports include information on BMCSO's mission and staff and then a personalized report for each school.
The personalized report included the following info:
  • Academy Overview
  • Academic Performance
  • Financial Performance
  • Compliance
  • Governance

The main and final portion of the training was a presentation on legal updates and the charter contract, which was given by Len Wolfe of Dykema Gossett.

The presentation, titled, "Rules and Responsibilities for Charter School Boards," went over crucial information that every charter school board member should know to help him/her become a more effective board member. 

  The presentation covered the following:
  • Understanding applicable conflicts of interest laws and ethics requirements
  • Discussion of oath of office and fiduciary duties
  • BMCC Board Policies - Management Agreements & Real Estate Lease
  • New Laws Affecting Charter Schools
  • Legislative Preview - Fall 2017
The next BMCSO training session is scheduled for October 9th and 10th in Brimley, MI and is for school leaders.
October 9th and 10th: School Leader Training at the Bay Mills Resort & Casino in Brimley, MI
About Bay Mills Community College Charter Schools
Bay Mills Community College began authorizing charter schools in the year 2000 and now authorizes 42 schools serving approximately 22,000 students. Fall 2015: 22,729 and Spring 2016: 22,257
Our Mission: To ensure a quality education for urban, minority, and/or poor children by improving and expanding educational opportunities through innovative oversight methods. To provide academy boards with the necessary support and training so that they may make educated decisions that are in the best interest of the students that attend their academies.