Mon, Jan. 27

American Heritage Academy merging with EdKey
Andersons will remain as consultants, advisors

COTTONWOOD - The rumor that American Heritage Academy of Cottonwood is selling is not true. Steve Anderson, director and charter holder, said non-profits cannot be sold.

"However, we are merging with EdKey Management Corporation to bring their tremendous resources to the school, to improve and exceed the competition," Anderson said.

Co-charter holder, Vicki Jo Anderson has been on the EdKey board for seven years, according to Steve. He said she will remain on the corporate board.

He said that he and Vicki Jo will both remain as consultants and advisors to AHA to assure that nothing in its mission, focus, goals, and basic curriculum change.

"However, day-to-day operations will be run by a 14-year experienced principal and assistant superintendent, Tony Rhinehart, and his wife, Terra, from Show Low," Andersons said.

Anderson explained that EdKey's President, Doug Pike, signed the original AHA charter as president of the State Charter Board in 1998. The Andersons started the school in 1995 when it was associated with Heritage Academy in Mesa.

"EdKey now runs about 13 charter schools with oversight of over 5,000 students," Anderson said. "They also started the only school for the Deaf in Arizona and have taken over the Maricopa School for the Homeless when the county dumped the school and its kids."

Anderson said EdKey has great people who care about kids, communities and America.

"They are a perfect fit for the advancement of American Heritage Academy and its next phase towards excellence in education," Anderson said.

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