Tea Party activist Pasquale Battaglia is working overtime to create a taxpayer-funded “
Battaglia, a man who uses social media as his personal bullhorn, has been scrambling for years to open what he calls “a classical education program” supported by Hillsdale College.
And even though Eclectablog reported that Battaglia's group purchased the school building for $1.45 million last year, the source of that money remained a mystery—until today.
Miss Fortune is exclusively breaking the news that Battaglia's financial backer is fellow Holly resident John Berry.
Berry, shown at right in a photo taken with Professor Madan Saluja at the 2013 presentation of Lake Superior State University's Lukenda School of Business Distinguished Alumni Award, graduated from LSSU in 1982 with a business management degree.
Livingston County records reveal that an agreement between the Brighton Area Schools and Battaglia's ACA Brighton Holdings LLC was officially recorded just this morning, along with a 51-page mortgage.
In addition, a newly-formed Berry entity, RJB Holding Group LLC, was revealed as the funding source for Battaglia's $1.45 million dollar purchase.
Michigan business records show that Berry's RJB Holding Group LLC was formed on December 22, 2014 as a Domestic Limited Liability Corporation, with a registered office address in Holly, Michigan.
Although Berry's career has shown no past involvement in the charter school industry, he's had an extremely successful track record as both an entrepreneur and “angel investor”. (Unlike a venture capitalist, an angel investor provides seed funding to start-up ventures.)
Berry's career started in commercial art and graphic design services and grew into the medical and healthcare software fields. Berry's Novi-based NU-Tech Graphics and Systems creates and operates commercial art and graphic design software products for the graphic design services industry.
Intuit, a software giant that develops financial and tax preparation software and related services for small businesses, purchased another company in which Berry was an angel investor, Demandforce, in 2012 for $423 million.
Now back to Battaglia and Hillsdale College.
As its website indicates, the Barney Charter School Initiative of Hillsdale College promises that any charter schools it helps launch “will train the minds and improve the hearts of young people through a rigorous, classical education in the liberal arts and sciences, with instruction in the principles of moral character and civic virtue.”
In 2013, Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn described minority students as "dark ones" during a Michigan state legislature subcommittee hearing regarding the adoption of Common Core State Standards
It should be an interesting spring!