Innovative Schools does many different things as a charter management organization. For the Delaware Met, they do Human Resources, Academic, Facilities, Financial, Management Consulting, Operations, and School Models (Big Picture Learning). For these services, Delaware Met has paid Innovative Schools around $380,000.00 just in FY 2015 alone. At most charters, this work is handled by 2-3 people: the school leader, a principal, and a business manager. So what does this say about Innovative Schools and the developments at Delaware Met?
Other schools Innovative Schools has been involved in with in a financial capacity are Academy of Dover, Delaware College Prep, Delaware Military Academy, Family Foundations Academy and Providence Creek Academy. What do all these charters have in common? Investigations by the State Auditor’s office for financial abuse, usually with procurement cards. If Innovative Schools is keeping track of the finances at these schools, how is it all five of them have had individuals abusing finances for their own personal use in some way? Two of the schools they handled finances for where shut down: Moyer and Reach. I truly believe the DOE and the State Auditor’s office may want to take a very strong look at Innovative Schools and what role they have played in Delaware charter schools.
For Delaware Met, it seems more and more like Innovative Schools is running the board, not the other way around the way it should be. Don’t be fooled, Innovative Schools is making all of the decisions. We can’t just blame Delaware Met, Innovative Schools has played an even bigger role in the failure of this charter that just opened two months ago. Why is there no School Resource Officer in the school even though it is budgeted in to their 2016 budget? That could solve a lot of the issues there. What is Innovative Schools doing? It seems as if they are holding the school hostage and limiting what they can do. If the school needs them, Innovative Schools makes more money, pure and simple.