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Former Michigan Superintendent to Lead Bell Creek Academy

Riverview, FL, May 29, 2018 --( Charter School Associates has selected former Michigan Superintendent, Dr. Chris Hammill, as the next Principal of Bell Creek Academy (BCA). Dr. Hammill replaces Dr. Margaret Fahringer who is moving to an Area Director role within the company. Dr. Hammill has an extensive leadership background, having held numerous building and district level leadership positions. Most recently, Hammill served as Chief School Operations Officer for Athlos Academies in Boise, Idaho. He has also served successfully as the Superintendent of Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools in Mt. Morris, MI; as well as, Owossa Public Schools in Owossa, MI. As a principal, Chris has turned around two low performing elementary schools, leading one to National Blue Ribbon status.

“Chris brings a tremendous amount of experience to Bell Creek. He has taken a single school to the point of national recognition and successfully managed the complex structure of a district. I believe this makes him the right leader for Bell Creek Academy, which is both a 6-8 middle school and a high school,” noted Michael Strader, President of Charter School Associates. Bell Creek Middle School and High School are both “A” rated schools based on the Florida Department of Education grading scale. Bell Creek Middle and High School have each earned designation as a Florida High Performing Charter School, the highest rating awarded by the Florida Department of Education.

Patricia Rogers is the Board Chair for Advantage Academy of Hillsborough, Inc., the local not-for-profit governing board that oversees BCA, and is pleased with the selection; “Bell Creek has established a strong reputation in the Hillsborough community; something of which we are all very proud. The addition of Dr. Hammill only bolsters our belief that Bell Creek will continue to be a great choice for our families.” The board plans on hosting an Open House in the coming days to introduce Dr. Hammill to the community.

About Bell Creek Academy
Bell Creek Academy consists of a Bell Creek Academy Middle School for grades 6-8 and Bell Creek Academy High School for grades 9-12. Both schools are managed by Charter School Associates, Inc. (CSA). CSA manages a total of twenty-three Florida-based charter schools.

BCA middle and BCA high school are “A” rated schools based on criteria established by the Florida Department of Education. Combined 6-12 enrollment is projected at over 1,000 students in 2018-2019. BCA is a Cambridge International Examination site and students who complete the Advanced International Certificate of Education or AICE diploma program receive the State of Florida’s maximum Florida Academic Scholar’s tuition scholarship without having to meet the usual minimum GPA and SAT/ACT testing scores. Bell Creek Academy High School was also named to the US News & World Report’s listing of notable US High Schools.

Information about this charter school is available at or at 813-793-6075

Denise Herrera, Marketing Director, Charter School Associates, Inc.
954-414-5767, ext. 1119 or
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