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Independent and Charter Schools

Ice Miller's independent K-12 school and charter school finance attorneys have nationwide experience as bond counsel and underwriter's counsel.  

Clients of the firm include schools, underwriters and issuers.  We offer clients start-to-finish service on each aspect of every deal.  This includes due diligence review and document drafting on the front end and post-issuance and continuing disclosure support through the life of each transaction, with specific services and expertise in these areas:

  • 501(c)(3) Revenue Bonds
  • Faith-based organizations, including schools
  • Securities and Disclosure
  • Taxable Bonds
  • Underwriters

Ice Miller's independent K-12 school finance attorneys have assisted dozens of independent K-12 schools with creative tax-exempt financings over the years. Our attorneys have significant experience with the state and federal constitutional hurdles to overcome for faith-based school financings and have utilized multi-state and national bond issuers to finance many schools without a local issuer option.

Our charter school finance attorneys have helped to finance individual charter schools, multiple schools with a single 501(c)(3) sponsor, and systems of charter schools under common management (including management by nonprofit and for-profit education management organizations (EMOs)).  Our attorneys appreciate the significant and varied state law considerations in charter school financings.  Our experience with rated, unrated and start-up school borrowers gives us particular insight to the disclosure responsibilities unique to the charter school market.

Representative Experience

  • $55,800,000 Florida Development Finance Corporation Educational Facilities Revenue Bonds (Renaissance Charter School, Inc. Projects), Series 2012A and $3,520,000 Florida Development Finance Corporation Taxable Educational Facilities Revenue Bonds (Renaissance Charter School, Inc. Projects), Series 2012B – Underwriter's Counsel
  • $13,500,000 Indiana Finance Authority Educational Facilities Revenue Bonds, Series 2013A (Tax-Exempt) and Series 2013B (Taxable) (21st Century Charter School Project) – Bond Counsel
  • $11,200,000 ABAG Finance Authority for Nonprofit Corporations (California) Master Loan Agreement (Sacramento Country Day School), Series 2013 – Bond Counsel
  • $7,185,000 Indiana Finance Authority Educational Facilities Refunding Revenue Bonds, Series 2012 (Orchard School Foundation Project) – Bond Counsel, Disclosure Counsel and Borrower/Special Counsel
  • $6,100,000 California Municipal Finance Authority Master Loan Agreement (Campbell Christian School) – Bond Counsel


Name Position Phone Email
Monika Calamita Partner 614-462-1118
Ben Kitto Partner 614-462-1056
Michael J. Melliere Partner 614-462-2232
Matthew Miller Partner 614-462-1050
Rose Gallagher Senior Counsel
Susan Price Of Counsel 614-462-1106
Victoria White Practice Group Specialist 614-462-2293
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