James Scholten, Field Representative

Phone: (231) 591-5802
Email: JamesScholten@ferris.edu


Jim Rikkers

Jim currently serves as a field representative for the Ferris State University Charter Schools Office.  He grew up in Lowell and Cascade, Michigan.  Jim attended Grand Valley State University where he received his Bachelor and Master degrees with an emphasis in Educational Leadership.  Jim had a 36-year educational career at Tri County Area Schools.  He had the opportunity to serve Tri County Area Schools as a Middle School mathematics teacher, an Elementary Principal, a Middle School Principal and Superintendent. 

Academy Oversight Responsibilities:

* Bridge Academy - East Campus, Hamtramck
* Bridge Academy - West Campus, Detroit
* Clara B. Ford Academy, Detroit
* Hope Academy of West Michigan, Grand Rapids
* Northridge Academy, Flint

Field Representative Duties and Responsibilities:

FSU Field Representatives serve as the "eyes and ears" of the CSO office in the field. Representatives are required to visit their assigned academies and Academy Board meetings at least six (6) times during the year to monitor and report back to the CSO on the following:

* Safety compliance
* Teacher certification
* Oversight review
* Classroom observations
* Operational issues within the Academy
* General operation upkeep of physical plant
* Proper posting of the Academy Board meetings
* Proper parliamentary procedures at Board meetings

All academy visits are documented in report form to the Director within five (5) days of attendance, and verbal reports on academies are given at monthly meetings of the CSO staff.