Daily Archives: July 8, 2012

The Pencader circus tent is down so move along people

If you have anything suggesting Pencader staff broke the law call the police. If you have anything suggesting Pencader staff is mismanaging finances contact the State Auditor. If you feel the school leader’s questionable PhD is bad for Pencader contact the school board and asked that her contract no be renewed.

Delaware Dept of Ed has good news for Pencader

Pencader Charter School Monthly Conditions Report June 2012

DOE met with Pencader Charter School on May 30, 2012 and reviewed the updated budget versus actual expenditures. While there is still some uncertainty with their budget because much of the history by category could not be created it appears that Pencader is closely monitoring expenditures on a monthly basis and appears to be on track to finish the year viable. We remain cautiously encouraged that Pencader will meet obligations with the possibility of not tapping the loan under the guidance of Bill Bentz. The June meeting is scheduled for June 28.

And good but shaky

DOE and Pencader further discussed enrollment issues at Pencaderat our meeting on May 30. They presented a budget to address these issues but anticipate enrollment to increase steadily over the course of the next 6 weeks. DOE has monitored their enrollment over the past few weeks and has not seen significant gains as of yet. Pencader agreed to provide documentation of a lease extension. To date they have not submitted acceptable documentation. DOE will continue to monitor finances on a monthly basis. It should be noted that the school is projected to finish this year in a positive position without taking a loan they anticipated needing at the beginning of the year. Their financial management in the current year exceeded expectations. We are cautious about finances in the coming year as it relates to enrollment as the school has had a few incidences of negative publicity this year outside of the reasons of the conditions as a result of this formal review.

Brain food for Delaware Ed junkies re: July’s State Board of Ed meeting

Regular Monthly Meeting 7/19/2012 – 1:00 PM

Cabinet Room Townsend Building 401 Federal Street Dover, DE

V. A. 1. 275 Charter School (For Action)


The Secretary of Education seeks the consent of the State Board of Education to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 275 Charter Schools.  The amendments reflect the process for Performance Reviews as well as other amendments to align with specific Delaware Code revised during the 146th General Assembly.

Supporting Documents

Reg 275.pdf

GACEC Comment Letter

State Council Comment Letter

Pencader Charter will be opening this fall

Despite all the media and blog attention Pencader has been receiving, Pencader will be opening this fall.

In order for Pencader to be ordered closed by the Delaware Department of Education it must go through a committee hearing process and voted on by the State Board of Education. School opens at the end of August! So closure isn’t going to happen.

The future of Pencader is in the hands of yet another new Pencader school board. The board must remember, they are in business to serve the needs of students not friends. If Pencader were to be ordered closed in the future it will because the board failed to show courage.

School leaders and supers serve at the pleasure their boards not the other way around. The real question is with charters, charter are corporations so does it make the board president the chairman?

I think at best the Delaware Department of Education has an obligation to communicate to the public charter school’s financial positioning is sound! Does anybody know what Pencader’s June 30th financial positioning is re: the $$$ carryover! Do they have enough money to meet all financial obligations before state loads in next years funding?