Seems odd, doesn't it? Why hide the fact that IVL is an integral part of the school's curriculum, unless...could it be that uncomfortable truth shows a continuing link to Smart Schools Management?
In a version of the same page available this morning (below), you can clearly see that "Our core philosophies" replaced "three primary underpinnings". (I've blocked the child's face, although it appears on the school's site.)
In approving the Bay City Academy's deficit plan, the MDE requested that the charter school assure officials it is no longer associated in any way with Smart Schools Management, Inc., the company owned by school founder Steven Ingersoll.
Various Ingersoll-controlled entities own the buildings housing the school, and holds a non-cancelable 20-year capital operating lease with the Academy for the Madison Arts, Farragut Schoolhouse and Old Y buildings.
And as IVL has been the foundation of the school's curriculum since opening its doors, it seems likely that Ingersoll's would be getting an income stream from that connection.
Shouldn't that qualify as being "associated" with Steven Ingersoll and his Smart Schools Management, Inc.?
Although the name of the school will not change, something else clearly has.
Why would Brian Lynch and Mitten Management wipe away all references to IVL, which were liberally sprinkled throughout the Academy's official Redesign Plan, submitted to the MDE on April 16, 2105?
In that plan (excerpt shown above), Integrated Visual Learning is revealed to be at the "core of the curriculum" for the Bay City Academy.
Is it possible that, like Full Spectrum Management's Mark Noss, Lynch's Mitten Management is making substantial payments to Steven Ingersoll?
I'm betting if you ask Lynch, he'll decline to comment.
As for Miss Fortune, I wouldn't be surprised to discover that piles of money are still flowing from the Bay City Academy to Steven Ingersoll, and that he still exerts control and influence on the school he founded.
Looks like someone forgot about the North Central Academy!