PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release
October 9, 2012 Raleigh, NC – North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools (Alliance), an advocacy and grassroots organization representing charter schools in North Carolina, announced the addition of three new members to their Board of Directors.
“We are thrilled to add the talents and experiences of these high-caliber members to our Alliance team,” said Board Chair Dr. Robert Landry. “Each member has extensive charter school experience and brings us unique skills that will benefit charter schools all across North Carolina.”
New Board Members
The three new Directors were added by unanimous vote to an already outstanding volunteer leadership team with significant national policy experience and nearly 100 years of combined charter operation expertise.
Grova Bridgers – Grova L. Bridgers Ed. D was the first director of the Office of Charter Schools with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. In this role, he worked with the first Charter School Advisory Committee in planning the application and review process for the new charters. Under his leadership, the first training sessions were instituted to help charter schools cope with the myriad regulations and policies that they faced. He has also been the Director of the Master of School Administration at North Carolina Central University and more recently the Director of the Minority Male Mentoring Program at Johnston Community College. Grova is currently an educational consultant in Raleigh, North Carolina. He conducts workshops on parental involvement, cultural diversity, charter school governance and minority male mentoring and tutoring programs.
Debbie Clary – Debbie Clary retired from her NC Senate seat in January of 2012, after serving seven terms in the NC House and two terms in the Senate. Debbie’s dedication to education continues in her role as chairwoman of the Board of Directors for Pinnacle Classical Academy, a charter school in Cleveland County. Debbie has served as Appropriations Chair during her tenure in the legislature and knows the importance of investing in education combined with good education policy. Her business experience includes being President of WADA Broadcasting, Inc. and President of Millennium Marketing Group, Inc.; and she can bring her business and marketing expertise to share with charter schools. Debbie is currently the owner of NC Strategy Partners, LLC, a lobbying firm in Raleigh.
Doug Haynes – Doug Haynes has more than thirty years of experience in education management, marketing, and public affairs. Doug is CEO of Rocky Mount Prep where he is implementing an innovative new blended learning model. Rocky Mount Prep is a 1,200-student charter school that he helped found in 1997. Doug was an active participant in the early NC charter school movement when he lobbied for policy changes in the legislature and served as Vice President of the first state-wide group representing charter schools. Prior to becoming CEO at Rocky Mount, he founded a school management and intervention services company with a focus on blended learning, which has helped improve reading and math skills for thousands of students in many of North Carolina’s lowest-performing schools. He has worked for several national education management companies and was the John Locke Foundation’s first Vice President of Education Policy.
At a recent state forum on school choice sponsored by the Friedman Foundation, the Civitas Institute, and the Alliance, Representative Paul “Skip” Stam, majority leader of the NC House of Representatives said that the legislature is preparing a number of initiatives for enlarging and enhancing parental choice in North Carolina, and that they want to get feedback from those with experience in the area. The Alliance serves its members by bringing in focus the need for equal funding of charter schools along with the need for equal accountability. These themes were repeatedly aired by members at the last Alliance membership meeting in Concord in July.
In addition, the Alliance is focused on key charter school issues that include managing a strong grassroots network, providing training for teachers, administrators, and board members, effectively advocating for charter schools on the state and national levels, as well as nurturing business partnerships that save member schools money and ensure growth and accountability.
New Charter School Development
The group is also focusing on the rapid growth of new charter schools in the state. With 33 new charter schools approved by the State Board of Education this year alone, ensuring growth of quality charter schools is a key issue. New charter schools may join and participate in services for free during their first academic year.
The North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization with a mission of advancing quality educational opportunities for all North Carolina children by supporting and expanding successful quality public charter schools.
For more information please contact:
Bradley S. Barth
NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools
324 S. Wilmington St. Suite 405
Raleigh, NC 27601