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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  • by Janet Location: ENC on Feb 3, 2010 at 05:23 PM
    Should one person be CEO, CFO and Principle? why does the state let this happen. Is there not something wrong with this picture. I feel sorry for the children at the charter school because they are the ones not getting the quality education they deserve. I am sure Mr. Lyles is turning over in his grave.
  • by Lee on Feb 3, 2010 at 05:13 PM
    To: Anonymous @ 7:06PM, 02/03...Must I say it? President Obama did not invent charter schools.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2010 at 04:06 PM
    Can any of you say OBAMANOMICS!
  • by Montessori Mom Location: NC on Feb 3, 2010 at 03:56 PM
    To Crystal and Been there, Just thought that you would like to know that the co founders of Google attended a Montessori school and attribute much of their success to the Montessori education they received.
  • by Cat Lady Location: martin county on Feb 3, 2010 at 03:07 PM
    Why are you arguing over the Montessori style of learning and paying taxes? The story has nothing to do with the Montessori teaching style and we all have to pay taxes whether we like it or not. If the county school district owes the money to the Kinston Charter Academy I hope they get every penny plus interest! Enough is enough when it comes to school boards withholding money to some schools and overspending at schools that educate the children of the board members "supporters". Don't know if its the case with this situation but its been happening for YEARS in Martin County. Kinston Charter - fight them for every cent they owe you! Good Luck!!
  • by investigate Location: gville on Feb 3, 2010 at 02:27 PM
    Can't WITN or one of the other news organizations launch an investigation into this charter school to make sure that everything is on the up-and-up? I know that any private citizen can request information under the Freedom of Information Act, but it would probably be easier for a news organization because they have prior experience at this. I know that all of their financial records should be public information, along with any emails that Mr. Hall sent or received using an email account that was paid for with state funds. It's just a suggestion...
  • by ConcernedMama Location: Kinston on Feb 3, 2010 at 02:03 PM
    To Chris...It is your choice to pay the overpriced tuition at a private school for your children. It would be really nice if everyone could decide which school their tax dollars went to, but that just isn't going to happen. As for the opinion you have about public schools, not all public schools are like this. My children's school is a very nice one with caring and loving teachers. Of course, there is some fighting, but I am pretty sure that your private school has the occasional fight as well. No school, not even the private ones, are always free from fights. So, get off your high horse and suck it up.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Feb 3, 2010 at 12:25 PM
    Concernedmamma, On the same token, why shoud MY tax dollars go to fund your child's "public" education, when I pay for my own child's private education? Basically someone out there is using my tax money right? Why can't each parent be responsible for their own child? If you have two children going to a charter school, should you be punished by being forced to pay taxes that will never benefit your children's education? Government run schools will never succeed with the "no child left behind" act. I am thankful that my son is not forced into an environment that applauds and entertains disruptive behavior by students that have no desire to be in school for reasons other than free meals, fights, and socialization.. It will never be a learning enviroment when children have to compete for attention with the mongrels of society.
  • by to Darren Location: E NC on Feb 3, 2010 at 11:39 AM
    I'm glad that your child is able to go to a great school system. You're right, Dare Co. schools are awesome. Too bad we have to deal with a lot of the non-awesome situations in the poorer parts of NC. (not a put down at all towards you, I promise = just a reality). The bottom line is that IT IS WHAT you make it! Get involved and make what you have the BEST that it can be wherever you are.. It's easy to say.. "it should". "why don't they.." Be THEY! Do! Volunteer - get involved. And yes - each child has a per child $$$ amount allotted that should go to the school in which they are enrolled. This is tax money per child. So - if they are enrolled in the school it should be a fairly simple math problem. xx # of kids time xx $$ per child = $$ total due. I have no clue about this man or his past, qualifications, etc. That would be another story. I'll pray that the best comes out of it - for the kids' sake! :-) Be Blessed! We can't all live in the Chapel Hill or Manteo area.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Feb 3, 2010 at 09:53 AM
    All I have to say is I am glad and fortunate that my sons are under one of the top public school systems in this state, therefore I feel lucky as a parent and felt lucky when I was in school, great public schools all the way from K-12.

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