TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse Academy officials are looking to separate management duties between two companies as they continue to deliberate whether or not to retain their current provider for another year.
Board members this week invited representatives from AccessPoint and Rehmann to share how the two firms could collaboratively manage human resources and financial matters at the charter school should officials decide next year to oust Mark Noss and his company Full Spectrum Management.
“I think it’s a matter of segregation of duties,” said board Treasurer Samer Bourdkani. “We don’t want to rely (and) put everything on the Rehmann Group. If something happens between us and them, then we’re going to start from scratch all over again. … We don’t want to rely heavily on one entity.”
AccessPoint — billed as a “professional employer organization” on its website — offers to provide payroll and other staffing-related services while Rehmann provides financial consultation and other budget-related services. Officials emphasized the “hypothetical” scenario still needs to be deliberated by the board.
Board President Lesley Werth said three firms — including FSM, AccessPoint and Midwest Management Group — eventually could become the charter school’s next management company. Noss, however, remained silent during Monday’s special board meeting and Midwest officials didn’t receive an invitation.
Midwest President and CEO Ralph Cunningham said he hasn’t received any notice from board members about whether his firm is still under consideration, but noted conversations in recent board meetings seem to indicate board members aren’t interested in pursuing a relationship.
“You would at least think they’d have the courtesy to let us know one way or the other,” Cunningham…