It has been said that the true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching.
But what if everyone was watching? What would you call that test? And who would pass...or fail?
Back on April 29, 2015, the Bay City Academy's Board of Directors announced the selection of newly-minted Mitten Educational Management as its new educational service provider. Replacing Steven Ingersoll's Smart Schools Management, Inc., Mitten is headed by fortunate son-in-law, Brian Lynch.
The press release also proclaimed the selection of Pat Cleland as the Bay City Academy's new Superintendent:
Pat Cleland is scheduled to take on the Interim-Superintendent position for the remaining two months of the school year. Mr. Cleland has 23 years of experience serving students in education as a teacher, state championship football coach, and as an administrator. He will be splitting roles as Superintendent for the Bay City Academy District along with maintaining his responsibilities as Principal at North Central Academy in Mancelona, Michigan. Pat Cleland has been Principal at NCA for the past three years. Under his leadership the school has increased their academic performance, expanded their athletics and extracurricular programs, along with growing it's enrollment. The official decision to name Pat Cleland as Superintendent is pending official approval at the May 14, 2015 Bay City Academy Board of Director's meeting.
As Miss Fortune exclusively revealed on June 24, Grand Traverse County court records revealed Cleland plead guilty on March 4, 2013 to one count of retail fraud-3rd degree and opted to serve three days of community service in lieu of a six day jail sentence.
Leelanau County court records revealed an area woman sought and received a personal protection order against Cleland, formerly the principal of Mancelona's North Central Academy.
The personal protection order was granted on May 26, and Cleland was served on June 8.
But while it's unclear if Cleland was formally named the Bay City Academy's Superintendent back in May, he's scheduled to appear August 26th at the Academy's Cook Out & Open House.
And here's a shocker: although the press release called out Cleland's
experience as a teacher, official Michigan Department of Education records show that Cleland hasn't really been a "teacher" since his certification expired on June 30, 2007.
In addition, the database reveals Cleland lacks any administrator certification.
So can someone explain how this "unteacher" with a criminal record, lacking any legitimate administrator certification, can become the Superintendent of the Bay City Academy
Ah, yes...it's Charterworld!