To ensure that public school academies are complying with all rules, laws and statutes, a contract is developed between Northern Michigan University--the authorizing body--and a public school academy (charter school). The authorizer develops and implements a comprehensive oversight system which holds public school academy boards accountable for, among other things, contractual and legal compliance, academic performance and financial stewardship.
The public school academy board members are public officials and have primary responsibility for the academy’s governance and operation. Northern Michigan University has established a clear policy detailing the selection and appointment process for public school academy board members. This includes, but is not limited to:
- completing an application for appointment;
- undergoing a personal background check; and
- participating in a personal interview.
Lastly, candidates who are approved according to the appointment process must take a constitutional oath of office to serve on the public school academy board.