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. 

  • Gayle Gifford (President) CEO, Cause and Effect Inc. a non-profit advising company

  • 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) Accountant,  CVS Corporation, BACS '08, College of the Holy Cross '12

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

  • Melissa Flaherty, Community Activist, former BACS CIP instructor

  • Sgt Terrence Green, Providence Police Department

  • Shelby Maldonado  SPIRIT alumni, past Crusade advisor to school, labor organizer, State Representative

  • Tiffany Medina BACS Alumni, Pine Manor College,  human services administrator 

  • M Rebecca "Becky" Minard, Former BACS Clinical Social Worker, mediator, actor and activist

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

  • Anthony Regine  Retired dentist and community activist in the autism community and arts community

  • 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  Insurance Broker, housing developer, community activist and former youth activist. State Representative, City of Pawtucket

FY20 Board Revised Budget
Approved 12/09/2019
     State Aid Revenue 3,898,745.00
     Tuition Revenue 1,115,939.00
     Grant Revenue 620,023.00
     Food Service Revenue 142,000.00
     Other Revenue 265,500.00
Total Revenue $6,042,207.00
     Personnel Expenses 3,166,972.86
     Benefits Expense 1,013,024.70
     Professional Service Expenses 374,140.00
     Property Service Expenses 406,700.00
     Purchased Service Expenses 500,500.00
     Supply Expenses 92,000.00
     Property Expenses 167,000.00
     Miscellaneous Expenses 314,721.28
Total Expenses $6,035,058.84
Net Revenue Over Expenses $7,148.16

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:

2019-2020 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. The dates are:

October 7  
December 9
January 13
March 2
April 27
June 8

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.
You must be logged in to add gadgets that are only visible to you