Latest release from charter schools still missing requested information
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An area charter school company has released more public information we requested, but they are still not giving us everything we’ve asked for.
Charter Day School, Inc., Which oversees Charter Day School in Leland, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville and Douglass Academy in Wilmington, released the schools’ budgets to us, but they still won’t say what administrators make.
And now we’re get an insider’s perspective on issues.
In its latest response to WWAY’s requests for public information, Charter Day School, Inc., released school budget info, but we still have not received information about how much taxpayer money goes to pay administrators.
The budgets show Charter Day School and Columbus Charter School spend 16 percent of their revenues, more than $2 million total, for a management fee. More than $300,000 is earmarked between the two schools for “RBA bonus.”
RBA is Roger Bacon Academy, the company that runs the schools, as is clear on its website. And while our requests for information have been sent to Roger Bacon Academy about Roger Bacon Academy and the schools it runs, CFO Mark Dudeck has responded to our requests on Charter Day School letterhead writing this time, “CDS is aware of no ‘organization under RBA’ and neither makes nor receives correspondences between The Roger Bacon Academy and Coastal Habitat Conservancy, LLC,” which is another company controlled by RBA founder Baker Mitchell.
Meanwhile a Charter Day School teacher, who has asked to remain anonymous, shared with us a long list of issues at the school. Among the problems she sees:
-“We have cameras in our classrooms where administration and corporate can watch us at any time they would like. This is an invasion of trust and privacy.”
-“Our school day is longer than any other school! And now this coming year they have extended our day another 10 minutes, 20 minutes in some grades. Although teachers are working longer and hard than in other school (sic)- we still are not getting compensated for that extra time.”
-“We do not have a cafeteria, gymnasium, or a proper library. This makes for very long strenuous days for teachers.”
While the state Director of Charter Schools has said charter schools must play by the same public records rules as public school systems, that could be changing. Yesterday the NC House approved legislation that would block charter school employees’ names from being publicly disclosed with their salaries.
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