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Archive for June, 2014

Booze It and Lose It: Operation Firecracker underway

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Area law enforcement will be paying even closer attention to drunk drivers as we head toward the Fourth of July.

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Bladenboro farm turning manure into money

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Storms Farm in Bladenboro is now home to an energy system that turns hog waste into energy. It's a concept even surprising to the farm owner.

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WPD officer suspended after internal investigation

Friday, June 27th, 2014

An internal investigation by the Wilmington Police Department has found that an officer used excessive force during an arrest in May in downtown Wilmington.

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UPDATE: New Hanover Sheriff calls Lieutenants’ suspension/demotion “troubling”

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Two New Hanover County Sheriff's Lieutenants have been suspended and demoted to the rank of deputy following an internal investigation by the Sheriff's Office.

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Latest release from charter schools still missing requested information

Friday, June 27th, 2014

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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