Karen Brooks, a former Smyrna Middle School Special Education Diagnostician, pled guilty to raping two underage students. Her sentence? Probation! They could have set a crystal-clear example with her and given her jail time, but no, they give her probation.
“The Auditor’s office was concerned by the length of time the alleged financial mismanagement continued while under the oversight of the Board of Directors, Department of Education, independent auditors, Innovative Schools, the Charter School Accountability Committee, and Division of Accounting.”
According to an article by Craig Anderson with the Delaware State News, the State Auditor’s office in Delaware sent their audit report on Academy of Dover to Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn’s office. What the article had, which I haven’t seen before, is this:
Also, the Auditor’s office alleged, “Given the magnitude of the problem at (Academy of Dover), there may well have been additional exceptions prior to July 2011.”
Once again, this article states the State Auditor’s office receive an anonymous tip on their fraud hotline regarding ex-principal Noel Rodriguez’ rampant and unauthorized spending. Rodriguez is trying to find a seat on a non-profit board, according to Anderson. A few sources have told me Rodriguez was working at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Middletown, DE until he was let go once the news came out about the allegations leveled against him in the Auditor’s report.
Many have wondered why Rodriguez is being made an example of while they dynamic duo from Family Foundations Academy, Sean Moore and Dr. Tennell Brewington, got a get out of jail free card. According to a letter to the DOE, Moore and Brewington settled with the school and hints the attorney general’s office was involved in this financial settlement after they pilfered over $90,000 from that charter school. But one thing to consider is the State Auditor has not officially released a report on Family Foundations Academy yet. They started an investigation into Academy of Dover in August, 2014, and their report came out last month. So if it takes roughly ten months, we might see a report on Family Foundations Academy by September. The $90,000 figure was based on a forensic audit done by Auphsite Consulting, but I have a suspicion the State Auditor will discover a much higher amount of fraud by Moore and Brewington.
As for Rodriguez, it will be interesting to see what his next move will be. Will he attempt to offer a plea bargain? If there were others involved in criminal financial mischief at the school, I could see Rodriguez pointing the finger. The next few months should be interesting for all seven of the charter schools under some type of investigation or review with the State Auditor’s office. I am very curious what kind of financial issues are under investigation with Providence Creek Academy…