FROM OUR CEO-
There is no state in America better for public school innovators to operate and serve families and children than Idaho. This past year saw the continued growth of families choosing to have their children attend an Idaho school of choice, be it a public charter school, an open enrollment school, a virtual school, a learning society or a district magnet school. According to data released by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools in December 2023 Idaho saw a 17.06% increase in its public charter school enrollment from School Year 2019-20 to 2022-23.
Bluum tried to do its part in 2023 to help in this growth by working with partners and allies like the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, the federal Charter School Program Grant, Building Hope, the Charter School Growth Fund and other partners in Idaho and outside to support the planning, development, and/or launch of GEM Prep Twin Falls, Promise Academy (Idaho Youth Ranch), Idaho Novus Classical Academy and Elevate Academy Idaho Falls. We supported the American Classical Schools of Idaho in bringing on veteran educator Jacob Francom as our 24th Idaho New School Fellow.
We also recruited to our team three new talents to serve and support our school partners. Mike Caldwell is a veteran Idaho educator who most recently served as principal of Bishop Kelly High School in Boise. Mike is now Bluum’s Director of Academic Development and District Outreach. Sarah Meskin joins Bluum as our Director of Communications and she came to us as a recent Business Administration graduate from Boise State University. Our finance team added Cory Campbell as Finance and Operations Manager. Cory comes to Bluum with 15 years’ experience in budget and finance from various industries. My colleagues and I are excited about the talent and experience these three bring to Bluum and to our efforts with school allies.