Kinston Charter Academy Asks AG's Office To Step In Dispute

A charter school is asking the North Carolina Department of Justice to require a county school district to cough up funds it claims is owed.

Kinston Charter Academy says Lenoir County Public Schools owe it more than $300,000 in local current expense funds.

In a letter Wednesday to an assistant attorney general, school principal Ozie Hall says while there is a civil litigation element to the dispute, there is a large issue whether other local school districts have failed to comply with the same state law.

Hall says children that go to charter schools need an advocate that can compel the local districts to follow the law without charter schools having to deplete resources in legal fees.

Lenoir County told WITN that it was a legal matter and it would be handled in the court system.

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Pay up or else. One charter school here in the east claims it has been shorted hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of funds from public schools.

$300,000 is what Principal Ozie Hall believes Lenoir County Schools owe the Kinston Charter Academy.

Hall points out a ruling by the State Supreme Court, which requires North Carolina Public Schools to give charter schools a pro-rata share of its current expense funds.

The Kinston Academy opened six years ago which Hall says equals to about 50-thousand dollars a year in owed money.

Hall says it's only fair his students get the money they deserve.

Hall says he plans to speak in front of the school board Tuesday night during its monthly meeting.

Hall says he wants the school board to voluntarily pay the amount, or he'll take legal action.

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