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.

Officers 2016-17
  • 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

  • Rebecca Taub (Secretary) On-line learning specialist/curriculum creator at Brown University, former Blackstone Spanish teacher

  • Edward Bishop (Treasurer) CEO, EF Bishop Insurance and Real Estate

Board Members 2016-17
  • Paul Graseck  Retired Superintendent and educator, Pawtucket resident

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

  • Melissa Montoya  Accountant CVS Corporation, BACS graduate 2008, College of the Holy Cross 2012

  • 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 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

2016 / 2017 General Board Meeting Schedule

• September 26
• October 24
• December 12
• January 23
• March 27
• April 24
• June 26

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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