David Stiles, CEO and Founder of Bayshore Group, is a seasoned education executive and a creative leader with a wide range of experience in all aspects of charter school development and operations. He has a proven track record of success in managing multiple projects, personnel, and resources to achieve organizational goals. Over the last decade, Mr. Stiles has had extensive experience in all aspects of school board relations and board training, charter application development, facilities selection, lease negotiation, contract negotiation, leadership recruitment, grant writing, and systems development.
Mr. Stiles has also successfully implemented marketing programs for charter schools resulting in as much as 240% increase in school enrollment. Mr. Stiles has assisted with the development and start-up of over 70 schools in the past 15 years. These include all manner of K-12 schools, distance learning schools, dropout prevention and recovery schools, and early childhood education programs. Additionally, he secured over $21,000,000 in competitive start-up grant funds to assist the schools with their start-up expenses over an 8-year period.
Mr. Stiles is currently the President of Bayshore Group. Bayshore is a consulting firm which is focused on growing school choice and charter school options across the country. His educational career began as a teacher in a Dropout-prevention charter school managed by White Hat Management. After that foundational experience, he served in school-level and corporate-level leadership positions of increasing responsibility, including Assistant Principal, Principal of 3 schools (including a K-12 Distance Learning school with over 3,000 students), and State Director of Florida. After leaving White Hat, Mr. Stiles lead the development of over 20 schools in Florida for Accelerated Learning Solutions. These 20 schools served 7,000 students across nearly every major city in Florida, and represent over $40 million in revenue for Accelerated Learning. Following his tenure with Accelerated Learning, Mr. Stiles accepted a position as Vice President of Development and Operations for Newpoint Education Partners. In this role, he was responsible for the company’s growth which included the creation and implementation of 3 new school models, entry into a new state, and a 700% increase in revenue within 4 years. Mr. Stiles currently resides in Safety Harbor, Florida with his wife and son.
Bayshore Group provides a variety of services to its clients. Our clients can choose one or more of these services for their organization, or we’ll work with you to create a customized solution.
With most authorizers, the charter application process is designed to weed-out the applicants who do not have the expertise, capital, community support, or capacity to open a high-quality charter school. The Bayshore team have had supported the development of more than 70 schools in the past 15 years. Some of the services in this process include:
One of the most significant challenges new charter schools face is not meeting budgeted enrollment figures. When a school significantly misses its enrollment targets, it has a negative financial impact for the first one to two years of operations. Bayshore can assist schools with developing and implementing comprehensive marketing programs and enrollment systems to maximize enrollment.
Selection of the School’s facility is one of the two most important decisions for any new school. The location, proximity to competitors, ease of access, proximity to parents, renovation costs, and maintenance costs all play a role in a school’s financial performance for the life of the school. To ensure that the School selects the best possible facility, Bayshore will:
Securing financing for pre-opening activities and assistance with cash management for the first year is an important element to ensuring a successful first year of operations. Bayshore has relationships with several companies that specialize in supporting school finance needs. Several of these companies will provide a line of credit to the school, which will roll-over into a term loan at the end of the first year of operations. This structure will give the School the ability to complete the activities prior to receiving revenue (staffing, marketing, purchasing FFE, etc.) and will give the School assistance with cash flow needs during the first year.
Once the school is open and operating, it is critical that the board has accurate and timely information regarding the school’s financial condition, academic performance, school culture, parental satisfaction, and regulatory compliance. Bayshore will create and implement performance reporting systems for your school which will include:
Operating a successful school requires a high degree of technical expertise, educational knowledge, management experience and marketing acumen. It’s nearly impossible to find an individual school leader with all of this expertise and knowledge. While board members may have expertise in some or all of these areas, it can be challenging unrealistic to expect volunteer board members to manage operational aspects of the school. This is why most effective schools have management systems in place to ensure that the school can consistently deliver a high-quality education and high-quality customer service to it families.
Bayshore can assist schools that are dissatisfied with the level of support that they are receiving from their current vendors or schools which need new or additional support. In either instance, Bayshore works with its clients to create a customized solution which will ensure that the school is viable for years to come.
Over the past 15 years, Mr. Stiles has worked to get over 39,000 charter school seats approved through numerous authorizers across the country. This includes new schools, management transitions, and school expansions.
Mr. Stiles has lead the enrollment growth for numerous charter schools. Some examples of this are included below:
At Bayshore, we believe that our success is directly linked to our clients’ successes. We work to make sure that your school or organization has all of the resources, systems, and organizational processes to be successful. Considering this, we typically prefer to align our agreement with your organizational goals so that we are all focused on delivery results.
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