Confluence announces transfer of sponsorship to MU
Confluence announces transfer of sponsorship to MU
Posted on 05/27/2014
logoThe University of Missouri System has a long history of innovation and collaboration between and among their sister institutions. The Missouri University of Science and Technology has sponsored the Confluence Academies since the inception of the Confluence charter. Long-time Missouri S&T charter liaison, Dr. Harvest Collier, has retired and relocated to Memphis, Tenn. Missouri S&T wanted to ensure strong support and guidance for Confluence by reaching out to the University of Missouri. Both institutions have worked collaboratively since the fall of 2013 to move the sponsorship from Missouri S&T to MU.

On May 20, 2014, the Missouri State Board of Education approved the transfer of the charter school sponsorship of Confluence Academies from Missouri University of Science and Technology to the University of Missouri-Columbia. This collaboration between sister UM System institutions will continue through the end of the fiscal year to provide for a seamless transition for Confluence. The transfer is applicable to Confluence Preparatory Academy, Confluence Academy-Old North, Confluence Academy-South City and Confluence Academy-Walnut Park. Grand Center Arts Academy, a Confluence Charter School, is sponsored by Saint Louis University.

“On behalf of the Board, we appreciate the strong and unwavering support MS&T has provided since the idea to open a public charter school became a reality. It’s an exciting opportunity to work with University of Missouri-Columbia and to continue the Confluence vision of providing a quality public education experience for our students,” said Sonya G. Henry, board chair.

“We are grateful for the support and leadership of Dr. Collier and MS&T since Confluence opened its first school in 2003. By transferring the sponsorship to MU, we will continue to grow as a school community,” said Terry Noble, director of academic and human resources.

“Working with MU will keep Confluence connected to all of the colleges in the University of Missouri system. The new partnership will help us enhance the education of the students and families we serve, as well as provide new opportunities for our teachers and staff for professional development,” Noble continued.

According to Dr. Deborah Carr, director of the MU-Columbia Charter School Operations office, “Dr. Collier has been a long-time colleague and friend. His passion and commitment to serving students K-12 and beyond and his thoughtful and careful deliberations in understanding the challenges that face public schools has influenced me tremendously. We look forward to working with the Confluence board, administration, faculty, staff, students and families in providing excellent education opportunities for the students and families in St. Louis.”

“It has been a most valued experience to have had the opportunity to work with the Confluence Academies' staff, leadership and Board of Directors and to support the pursuit of quality public education that require the strongest focus on continual improvement and navigating the challenges in order to serve the Confluence community,” said Dr. Harvest Collier.