Meet Our Governing Board

Our governing board is an effort to develop the most philosophically like-minded team to implement the program described in our charter, and the team needed to sustain an institution of excellence. Our board has complete autonomy in the direction of our institution, hiring of school leadership, and curricular development. Board meetings are open to the public and input is encouraged at all levels of our program. Our board members are all strong advocates of parental rights, community service, school choice, conservative fiscal policy, and classical education as a whole.

To contact the board with questions or concerns please email

Clay Becton

Board Chair (20-22)

Clay Becton, long time Fort Pierce resident, has joined our governing board, and is currently beginning a two-year term as Chairman of the ICA Board! Mr. Becton holds a Masters of Agribusiness from the University of Florida that will prove helpful as we work towards the establishment of an FFA program. He also possesses a General Contractors license. With his many years of experience in business, sales, and construction, Mr. Becton will be able to lead our school towards a smooth transition from construction to operations, and help as we move into Phase II of our High School building! We welcome Clay to the table and look forward to his leadership and stewardship as he promotes ICA in the community.

Arthur Cross


Arthur Cross has a background in construction, competitive bar-b-que, and civic engagement. Art is married and has three children.  Mr. Cross is passionate about remaining true to the mission and vision of ICA, and serves on the board to articulate that message of adherence as we set policies and procedures.  As we seek to expand and grow, he is a huge asset to our marketing and facilities teams! Mr. Cross is excited to see the opportunity ICA has to promote family values, constitutional principles, entrepreneurship, and community pride.  With a constant voice of positivity, Mr. Cross and his family support ICA and their community on a daily basis.

Cathy Townsend


Cathy Townsend, a local County Commissioner, understands the true meaning of community servant. Many local leaders and elected officials have lost the spirit of our founding fathers when it comes to service, but Mrs. Townsend offers assistance to all in need and has shown that her roots run deep here in St. Lucie County.  We are proud to have her on our board where she can yet again offer one more service to our community, as she supports a tuition-free, K-12 public education option for all students. Mrs. Townsend offers a unique perspective on public service, small business and entrepreneurship, and fiscal responsibility.

Sandra Crouch


Sandra Crouch, a native Fort Pierce resident, is the owner of Big John’s Feed &  Western Wear. Sandra is an advocate of both a strong education and civic engagement, both of which we will offer our students. As a business owner, mother and grandmother, and an Ag family, she appreciates the value of our future goal of developing the Agriculture and Athletics program at ICA, and understands just how important education is to our community!  Sandra has raised her family here, and her children are now raising families here. We are excited to have her voice on our board.

Lance Poole

Board Member

Lance Poole was overwhelmingly elected to serve as a governing board member for ICA in March, 2022.  Mr. Poole comes to us with an extensive background of service to numerous boards and leadership within many organizations-most of which relate to children.  He has been an active member of ICA since its inception, and has twin boys now in 2nd grade. With a background of service in coaching, athletic directing, sportscasting and producing, and mentoring youth in numerous sports, he is excited to bring athletics to the forefront of ICA and lead the charge on creating a campus of scholar-athletes. As an avid golfer, he is excited to launch our golf program in the coming 22/23 school year! Mr. Poole is excited to offer his service to a great school with a great student body and faculty.
Please check back soon for updated policies and information on the school store for the 2022-2023 school year.

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