Announcements

Charter Schools Office Honors 20 Years of Service

LoadingThe Charter Schools Office had the honor of recognizing two Hope of Detroit Academy Board of Director members for 20 Years of Service to their Academy.  Pictured below are Tom Rys, President; Joe Gappy, Treasurer; CSO Director, Dr. Ron Rizzo, and Ali Abdel, Superintendent.  Thank you!

                        HODA 20 Years Board Members-1               HODA 20 Years Service-2


17th Annual Spring Briefing

LoadingThe Charter Schools Office (CSO) will be holding its 17th Annual Spring Briefing in Dearborn at the Doubletree Hotel on March 5, 2019.  Invitations will go out in early January.  Please RVSP to reserve your spot or contact the CSO if you would like to attend but did not receive an invitation.  We are celebrating 25 Years of Michigan Charter Schools.  


 Board Appreciation Month

LoadingJanuary is Board Appreciation Month, and we take this opportunity to sincerely thank all members of the various academy Boards of Directors for their service.  In particular, we would like to thank for following individuals who are celebrating their 20th Anniversary as Board Members:

  • Joe Gappy, Hope of Detroit Academy
  • Thomas Rys, Hope of Detroit Academy
  • Betty Mason, Benton Harbor Charter School Academy
  • Jean Nesbitt, Benton Harbor Charter School Academy
  • Glenda Bell, Benton Harbor Charter School Academy
  • Curtis Wade, Voyageur Academy
  • Barbara Smith, Voyageur Academy

 Seeking:  Board Members

Interested in gaining educational experience?  Or are you looking to add to your resume?   Do you know someone who may be interested in serving on a Board?

Consider becoming a charter school board member for a public school academy authorized by Ferris State University!

Our public school academies are always looking for new members that bring a range of skills, experiences and desire to help the Academy students to excel academically, as well as having the goal of advancing the mission of Ferris State University.

Ferris State will provide all of our academy boards with pertinent training so that they are able to make choices that are in the best interest of the students that attend their academies.

Some requirements of the position:

  • Engagement with the goals of the Academy
  • Enthusiasm to be an ambassador for the Academy
  • Willingness to fulfill the obligation of a board member, as well as continue to uphold the standards of being a board member

Board Member Qualifications:

  • Citizen of the United States
  • Resident of the State of Michigan
  • Submit materials requested by the College Charter Schools Office such as:
    • CSO  Questionnaire for Academy Board of Directors
    • Resume
    • Copy of Birth Certificate OR US Passport

Working with an Academy is the perfect opportunity to advance your career interests, expand your knowledge on education and help children receive a quality education that will last a lifetime. Apply to become a board member today!

For more information or to receive an application, please contact Sharon Hopper Charter Schools Office Board Liaison/Compliance Auditor at 231-591-5804 or [email protected].


 Now Accepting Applications for a Public School Academy 

Ferris State University

Charter Schools Office

News Release-Accepting Applications

The Ferris State University Charter Schools Office (CSO) is accepting applications for a public school academy, Part 6a, or Strict Discipline Academy as per the Revised School Code.
Applicants are asked to e-mail the CSO at [email protected] to request an application packet.  Please include:
  • Applicant Name
  • Applicant Contact Info
  • Applicant E-mail Address
  • Proposed Academy Name
A read-only version of the application packet is available on the CSO website: www.ferris.edu/charterschools.
Contact Sue Lewis with questions about the application process at (231) 591-5802 or e-mail [email protected].