Volume 4 No. 1
Richfield Public School Academy, located in Flint, Michigan, opened its Parent Resource Center in May of 2018. The Parent Resource Center is a place where parents can attend meetings with the parent liaison for support and resource referrals. These resources include anything parents might need to ensure their child receives the best education possible, such as food items and personal hygiene items, while attending the academy. Parents of the students are both appreciative and grateful for the items and help they receive at the center.

The Center recently added a washer and dryer to assist in eliminating barriers for students, as well as an accessible shower with a full supply of personal hygiene items. These resources are available to students in order to combat absenteeism under extenuating circumstances. The school plans to add new items to their food distribution in the near future, such as perishable items, as well as hosting parent night events that collaborate with the resource center in helping identify the needs of the families in order to ensure student success.

The mission of the Richfield Public School Academy Parent Resource Center is to eliminate the barriers that prevent student attendance at school. The Center is helping to close the gap between the parent, school and community, and improving the home-to-school connections for students. This empowers families to become more proactive in their children's education on a continuous basis.

Keep up the great work Richfield Public School Academy!
To learn more about Richfield Public School Academy, visit their website at: https://www.richfieldpsa.net/

In early October, the 4th grade Girl Scouts at Plymouth Scholars Charter Academy (PSCA) met with State Representative Kristy Pagan and State Senator Dayna Polehanki to learn about state government and what it takes to create laws. They were also given the unique opportunity to brainstorm ideas for a bill with the help of their state legislators. The Girl Scouts are just one example of the variety of extracurricular programs that PSCA offers to their students, with activities ranging from community service opportunities to lego-robotics.
PSCA opened their doors in 2012 and is currently home to a total of 771 students, ranging in grades from Young 5's to 8th. Students are offered a variety of sports, music, visual arts, and academic clubs and are given every opportunity to succeed inside and outside of the classroom. The unique moral focused curriculum teaches students respect, integrity, perseverance and courage, allowing them to build strong moral characteristics to lead happy and successful lives.

PSCA puts the needs of their students first in many ways including supplying healthy and balanced meal options, providing free and reduced lunch programs, and partnering with STARS, a licensed on-site before and after-school provider available to parents and students. 

The dress code at PSCA is flexible and cost-effective and is designed to reduce distractions so children can focus on academic success. 
Learn more about PSCA by visiting their website: 

Interested in gaining educational experience? Or are you looking to add to your resume? Consider becoming a charter school board member for a public school academy authorized by Bay Mills Community College Charter Schools Office!
At Bay Mills Community College, we support a quality education to urban, minority and/or poor children.
Bay Mills will provide all of our academy boards with pertinent training so that they are able to make choices that are in the best interest of the students that attend their academies .
Our public school academies are always looking for new members that bring a range of skills, experiences and desire to help the Academy students to excel academically, as well as having the goal of advancing the mission of Bay Mills.
Some requirements of the position:
  • Engagement with the goals of the Academy
  • Enthusiasm to be an ambassador for the Academy
  • Willingness to fulfill the obligation of a board member, as well as continue to uphold the standards of being a board member
Board Member Qualifications:
  • Citizen of the United States
  • Resident of the State of Michigan
  • Submit materials requested by the College Charter Schools Office such as:
    • Public School Academy Board Member Appointment Questionnaire
      • Must include authorization to process a background check of the nominee
      • Submit annual disclosure of conflicts of interest
Members of the Board of Directors shall include:
  • At least one parent or guardian of a child attending the school
  • One professional educator; preferably a person with school administrative experience
Members of the Board of Directors shall NOT include:
  • Any member appointed or controlled by another profit or non-profit corporation
  • Academy employees or independent contractors performing services for the Academy
  • Any current or former director, officer, or employee of a management company that contracts with the academy
  • College officials or employees 
All Academy Board members shall serve in their individual capacity, and not as a designee of any other person or entity. If it is found that a person is serving as a representative or designee of another person or entity, they shall be deemed ineligible to serve as a Director of the Academy Board. They shall be removed from office in accordance with provisions found in the Resolution or Schedule 2: Bylaws.
Note that a Director serves at the pleasure of the College Board, and may be removed with or without cause by the College Board at any time.
Working with an Academy is the perfect opportunity to advance your career interests, expand your knowledge on education and help children receive a quality education that will last a lifetime. Apply to become a board member today!

For more information or to receive an application, please contact Megan Ringuette, Bay Mills Community College Charter Schools Office Compliance Coordinator at 906-248-8419 or mringuette@bmcc.edu.
About Bay Mills Community College Charter Schools
Bay Mills Community College began authorizing charter schools in the year 2000 and now authorizes 46 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.