Professor Lee J. Strang,
President of the Board of Trustees, noted that through the
Board’s efforts, “NOCA has raised over $250,000 from
corporations, foundations and friends. The response from the
community has been broad, deep, and gratifying with over 80
separate donations, an unprecedented accomplishment in the
Toledo charter school movement.”
As NOCA moved from a
vision to reality, it hired a mission-oriented and experienced
principal in Phillip Schwenk. Mr. Schwenk remarked that
“while opening a new school is always challenging, I feel
fortunate that I have the support of a dedicated faculty and
staff, with many decades of cumulative experience.” He noted
that “some teachers who joined NOCA are returning to education.
“All faculty and staff
believe in the vision of a content-rich, rigorous curriculum
where the mission is to both educate children as well as to rear
children to become virtuous citizens and thoughtful leaders.
It’s that dual mission which attracted the faculty, staff, and
over 200 students for NOCA’s first year.”
In his opening remarks,
Professor Strang noted that help came from many supporters who
made gifts-in-kind including Mr. & Mrs. Cleves Delp who
purchased the facility and rent about 32,000 square feet to the
In addition, Mr. & Mrs.
Delp have invested generously in repairing and upgrading the
HVAC system and parking lot without charge to the Academy.
“Without Mr. & Mrs. Delp’s extraordinarily generous support,
NOCA would still be a dream” remarked Professor Strang. As the
Academy came closer to opening day parents, faculty, students,
Board members, and friends helped clean, paint, pull weeds, and
landscape. “The transformation was remarkable” noted one
parent. Other non-monetary donations came in the form of
furniture, books, and supplies, while others are providing
professional services at little or no charge.
NOCA is affiliated with
Hillsdale College’s Barney Charter School Initiative (BCSI).
This is the first BCSI-affiliated-school in Ohio. With the start
of the new academic year, BCSI is partnering with 23 classical
charter schools in eleven states. Last academic year there were
over 11,000 students enrolled in BCSI-affiliated schools and
many thousands more on waiting lists.
The Academy opened in
August, initially with grades K – 8. NOCA will add a grade each
year until it is a K – 12 school.
for additional information on BCSI.