The Academy posted a "Special BCA Board Meeting" notice just this morning on its website, announcing the date (Monday, April 27), time (1:00pm) and place (301 N. Farragut Street) for the
Miss Fortune hears from reliable sources that current Bay City Academy Superintendent, Brian Lynch, has formed his own management company and will officially be awarded a management contract by
For those of you who may be new to this story, Lynch is the son-in-law of longtime Ingersoll business associate, Mark Noss.
As I reported on April 17, 2014, the seat Traverse City optometrist Noss used in his role as President of the Grand Traverse Academy's Board of Directors had barely cooled before he began heating up a new perch—as head of the Academy's education service provider, Full Spectrum Management, LLC (FSM).
FSM replaced Steven Ingersoll's Smart Schools Management, Inc.
FSM came kicking and screaming into the world on March 19, 2014 at 4:31pm when Traverse City attorney David Rowe faxed its incorporation paperwork to Lansing.
The Grand Traverse Academy board had awarded a multi-year management contract to FSM earlier that day during a special, early-morning board meeting. Noss sat at the head of the Grand Traverse Academy Board of Directors, presiding over the charter school during the years Ingersoll systematically made off with $3.5 million dollars of taxpayer money.
What, you thought Kim Jong-Un was the only unqualified guy who'd ever parlayed family ties into a new job?
Back on March 11, Lynch addressed a group of roughly six people who attended a public meeting at the Bay City Academy, telling them it's "education as usual" at the charter school founded by convicted tax cheat, Steven Ingersoll.
Looks to Miss Fortune it's more like "business as usual"—with that business being "monkey"!
During the March 11 meeting, Lynch said the shrinking charter school was likely going to change management companies and dissolve all affiliation with Ingersoll's Smart Schools company, which currently operates the Bay City Academy. Lynch said a new management company hadn't been identified, and said he expected a company would approach the Bay City Academy school board or officials from Lake Superior State University and pitch their business plan.
The Bay City Times reported that Nick Oshelski, executive director of charter schools at LSSU, met with the university's legal counsel on March 10 and hoped to provide options for the school in the coming weeks.
"I'm hoping whatever is decided can happen smoothly," Oshelski said to the Bay City Times. "The Academy has been moving along very nicely as far as academics and its culture. We don't want to see anything happening in a negative matter."
Miss Fortune wonders if Mr. Oshelski believes in unicorns, too?
Must have been a helluva pitch by Lynch at Thursday's Bay City Academy board meeting!
In what may be the most delicious of Freudian slips, Lynch was quoted by the Bay City Times in its March coverage: "Depending on what level of involvement the next management company has, it could mean more or less change. My recommendation is that we take the side of the spectrum as of little change as possible. I don't want to be replaced, I don't want to leave and I'm going to fight hard for my job."
We'll know tomorrow how hard "cream puff" Lynch had to fight.
The name of Lynch's new firm is unclear, and he may be following in the footsteps of father-in-law Mark Noss: signing a "pre-formation" management contract (uncommon and sneaky, but legal) and then faxing incorporation paperwork to Lansing.
Miss Fortune has a few suggestions if a name hasn't been selected:
Fortunate Son-In-Law, LLC
I’ll Keep Your Secrets, Inc.
Not-So-Smart Schools Management, Inc.
Fuller Spectrum Management
Old Mission New House Corporation
What do you think? And do you have a suggestion?