The charter school website. It can either be a treasure trove of information or the most God awful boring place in the universe. Depends on the day and what you are looking for. One Delaware charter school didn’t have much on their website. That was a story in itself. But granted, they are new. And they have been in the news A LOT lately. It’s been a few days since I posted anything on The Delaware Met.
I checked their website last night, and lo and behold, they have board meeting agendas and minutes up. I always get suspicious when I see tons of board minutes posted all at once. Especially when they go back a year. Why are they just now putting them up? Probably because they were told to. I know there was some conversation about this after their last board meeting. But let’s not get super excited. They don’t have ANY Citizen’s Budget Oversight Committee agendas or minutes. Some minutes say they need to get this going by August 2015 while others say September 2015. And they only have their August 2015 financials up. Nothing prior. Oddly enough, it let me download their financial statement, but not their board minutes. Very odd. But I took pictures of all of them!
And the financial statement which poses more questions…
Now looking at this, I see a few things. They have received 93% of their Federal funds. Federal funds have something called IDEA-B which is designated for special education use. Will they get more Federal funds? Keep in mind, this was August 31st. A month before the September 30th counts. As well, they have NOT received their charter school performance award as of 8/31/15. Why is that?
But the most interesting part about all of this is when it was written. It is their August 31st financials, right? When you look at their revenue for state funds, you can see “Mentoring Pilot” and an amount budgeted of $6,000.00. That’s fair. That’s what they won in the CIP Competitive Grant from the DOE. They just announced the winners the other day, on September 30th in the Delaware DOE newsletter called Take Note with a link to all the award winners. But if they were just awarded those funds in September, how could they have budgeted $6,000 in August for the award they received in September when the application submitted to DOE was for $14,700? And if their financials were written in September, who knows if the prior board minutes were as well…
I did see in prior minutes the Chair of their Board of Directors has been out sick for a while, so I sincerely wish him the best. Which also explains why I never heard back from the email I sent out on 9/23 to the leader of the Board and their Head of School who also went out on maternity leave as of 9/23. But the DOE, who was included on that email, could have easily replied back.
Something just isn’t right with this school. Something is very off. Delaware DOE, this school needs to go on formal review yesterday! And just to be on the safe side, in case anything changes, I went ahead and Scribd the financial documents: