BCS approved to authorize online charter school

Agreement means additional revenue for the district

BALDWIN — Baldwin Community Schools has been approved to become the newest authorizer of a statewide online charter school. During Tuesday’s regular meeting of the BCS Board of Education, BCS Superintendent Stiles Simmons announced that the Michigan Department of Education had approved the application between the district and Mosaica Education to create a statewide Internet charter school. In December, the board heard from Mosaica representatives who described how the school would work. Under Michigan law, an Internet charter school can be established if it is authorized by a public school district, intermediate school district or community college. The school would have no physical presence at the district, its offices would be located in Lansing. However, the authorizing district receives 3 percent of the charter school’s per pupil funding — between $20,000 and $30,000 for BCS. “It’s a really unique opportunity for us especially, given the way we are funded,” Simmons said. “Because we don’t receive state aid … to be able to have an additional revenue stream coming in, it’s a complete win-win for a smaller school district.” More details about the agreement can be found in next week’s edition of the
Lake County Star.
Also during the regular meeting, the board approved the 2013-14 Baldwin Education Association collective bargaining agreement and the district’s extra duty positions. The board also held is annual organizational meeting on Tuesday prior to its regular meeting. The BCS Board of Education will meet again at 6 p.m. on Aug. 20 at the Baldwin Elementary School media center, located at 525 Fourth St. in Baldwin.