BOT approves proposals at second summer meeting


The Oakland University Board of Trustees (BOT) held the meeting that had four main points.

The Oakland University Board of Trustees(BOT) held the second meeting of the summer on Monday, June 8. The members centered most of their time over discussion of the Charter for Universal Academy, proposed by trustee Richard A. Flynn.

Catch up on a brief overview of the meeting’s covered proposals:

Student liaison recognition

Glenn McIntosh, newly elected vice president of student affairs, started the meeting with resolutions to recognize two student liaisons. Walter Lashar and Scott Shermetaro both serve as student liaisons for the BOT during the 2014-2015 school year.

Lashar, an undergraduate student, was appointed to the BOT in June of 2014 and will serve until the end of this month. During the meeting, it was resolved that the committee provides recognition towards Lashar for his outstanding academic achievements and commitment to the BOT meetings.

The committee also recognized Shermetaro, a senior undergraduate student who will end his term at the BOT at the end of June. Shermetaro spent his time at meetings connecting the student body to the board. It was resolved that the committee recognizes Shermetaro for his student body interaction and involvement in diverse extracurricular activities.

Charter renewal for academy

The committee spent most of their meeting discussing the proposal presented by Flynn, which looked to renew the charter for Universal Academy.

Universal Academy is an independent K-12 public school, which is authorized by OU. In 2005, the BOT agreed on a charter for a 10 year term for the academy, ending in 2015. The academy submitted an application to renew its charter in April with another 10 year term agreement.

The academy first gained approval from the Office of Public School Academies, who stated that the school was consistent with the Michigan Department of Education requirements.

After a hefty discussion, the BOT approved the academy’s application, which renews the charter until June 30, 2025.

Anesthesia tuition to increase

An increase in tuition differential for the Oakland University-Beaumont Nurse Anesthesia Program was granted at the meeting.

Tuition will be raised to $7,650 per semester starting in the fall, which places OU as the second cheapest program in the state.

Real estate lease gains approval

The committee approved a real estate lease agreement for the Macomb Intermediate School District.

An approval was required when a lease term is more than one year or the annual rent is more than $12,000.