Blackstone Academy Charter School is an independent charter public school that is an incorporated, private non-profit 501c3 organization governed by a Board of Directors. 

Our voluntary Board of Directors leads our organization by ensuring that the mission and vision of the organization is carried out. They provide oversight for the school and the SPIRIT Educational Program. The Board  is empowered in ways similar to a school committee. Blackstone Academy Inc. is a local educational authority (LEA) and has no formal affiliation with local school districts. 

  • Becky Minard (President) Former BACS Clinical Social Worker, mediator, actor,  activist, attorney

  • Diane Dufresne (Vice President) Director, Pawtucket Prevention Coalition, nurse, substance abuse treatment and research specialist

  • Paul Graseck (Secretary) Retired superintendent and educator

  • Melissa Montoya (Treasurer) BACS '08, College of the Holy Cross '12, Accountant 

Board Members 
  • Edward Bishop  CEO, EF Bishop Insurance and Real Estate, Treasurer Emeritus

  • Melissa Flaherty, Community Activist, former BACS CIP instructor

  • Cristian Giraldo, BACS '12 , Bryant University, Investment Specialist Manulife Investment Management

  • Sgt. Detective Terrence Green, Providence Police Department

  • Tiffany Medina BACS '09, Pine Manor College, human services administrator 

  • Elizabeth Newton  SPIRIT alumni, former Americorps and Perkins Coordinator CF High; Blackstone founding teacher, currently with Epic Decade consulting

  • Gus Silva former State Representative, City Councilman and member of the School Committee, Central Falls. Alumni parent 

  • Mena Silva  Administrative staff, City of Central Falls Fire Department and alumni parent.

  • Carlos Tobon  Business owner, housing developer, community activist and former youth activist. State Representative, City of Pawtucket

FY21 Board Revised Budget
Approved 03/01/2021
     State Aid Revenue 4,082,450.00
     Tuition Revenue 1,046,000.00
     Grant Revenue 901,992.00
     Food Service Revenue 593.00
     Other Revenue 447,000.00
Total Revenue $6,478,035.00
     Personnel Expenses 3,550,000.00
     Benefits Expense 1,173,249.00
     Professional Service Expenses 317,925.42
     Property Service Expenses 559,750.00
     Purchased Service Expenses 218,000.00
     Supply Expenses 79,500.00
     Property Expenses 249,581.35
     Miscellaneous Expenses 255,163.28
Total Expenses $6,403,169.05
Net Revenue Over Expenses $74,865.95

Please contact Executive Director Carolyn Sheehan for  more detailed information or for Public Information (401)726-1750 x102
We are represented by attorneys at Barton and Gilman (401)272-7171 
Business Manager: Melissa Cornejo, (401)726-1750x102

Follow the below link to learn about the Uniform Chart of Accounts:

2020-21 General Board Meeting Schedule

All general meetings are Mondays at  5:30 p.m. They are held in room 201 at the school unless otherwise noted. 
Check RI Secretary of State Site
for Zoom Links, Agendas and Minutes: 

August 3
October 19
November 30
January 11
March 1
May 3
May 18
June 14

The public is welcome to attend any meeting of the Blackstone Academy Charter School (BACS) Board of Directors or its subcommittees. If communication assistance (readers/ interpreters/captions) or any other accommodations are needed to ensure equal participation, please contact Carolyn Sheehan at (401) 726-1750 x102 at least two (2) business days prior to the meeting.

Any changes in the agenda will be posted on BACS' website, BACS’ principal place of business, and will be electronically filed with the RI Secretary of State's website at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the meeting. BACS does not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age, country of ancestral origin, or veteran status in administration of its admissions or educational policies, curricular programs, other school-administered programs, or in its hiring and employment practices in accordance with applicable Federal and Rhode Island laws and regulations.
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