Nick Oshelski, Executive Director of Lake Superior State University's Charter School Office, exclusively confirmed in an email to Miss Fortune late Tuesday that the Bay City Academy's Board of Directors has indeed contracted with Brian Lynch's new management company, Mitten Management, to run the scandal-plagued charter school founded by convicted felon, Steven Ingersoll.
However, Oshelski (responding to my request for concrete details about the selection process) claimed he had only just "requested a signed copy of the Management Agreement for our legal counsel to review" and stated he did not know "any of the details of the management agreement".
Lynch, the son-in-law of longtime Ingersoll business associate Mark Noss, last spoke publicly on March 11 about a proposed management company change during a meeting at the Bay City Academy attended by roughly six people.
While assuring those attending that it would be "education as usual", Lynch coyly stated a "new management company hadn't been identified" and said a company would approach the Bay City Academy or officials from Lake Superior State University and "pitch their business plan".
A check of Michigan's corporate database reveals only one listing for a "Mitten Management", established by a Brighton-based photographer and property owner.
While it's unlikely there's a connection, Lynch may be following in the well-trod path established by Noss: filing business formation papers after you've signed a management contract.
Miss Fortune will bring you more details as they become available...which means after I dig them up!