Charter leaders fired, they spent thousands on cars, spas, concerts Matthew Albright, The News Journal
Amid accusations its co-leaders used school credit cards for more than $94,000 in personal purchases, the Family Foundations Academy charter school has fired the pair, re-shuffled its board, and handed the reins to the leaders of Eastside Charter School in hopes of convincing the state that it should stay open.
What the hell does “re-shuffled its board mean? How can leaders of Eastside Charter School oversee Family Foundation Academy? Where in the hell is the charter modification request?
The new leaders say the school’s academics and finances are fundamentally sound, and argue that 825 students shouldn’t have to see their school closed because of two leaders’ bad decisions.
Where is the transparency new leaders?
“Our motivation is the good of the kids here,” said Charlie McDowell, who is now chair of both schools’ boards. “They have a successful school and it’s just not right for the school not continue because of this.”
Chair of both boards! Crock of shit! What hell is DE DOE thinking by allowing this?
The audit said the pair used American Express corporate cards attached to bank accounts that were created to house money for construction projects and money brought in from sources other than the state.
Didn’t we learn anything from the DMA mess! I wonder, did anyone audit Moyer’s commercial credit-card? The law needs to be changed ASAP to prohibit any public school / charter school from having commercial credit-card outside the state’s P-cards! Come on Debbie Hudson WAKE UP!
Those cards were used in addition to state-issued “p-cards,” which state workers are supposed to use for work purposes, and they “quickly became the instrument of choice for incurring nonschool related expenditures by Mr. Moore and Dr. Brewington,” the audit said.
Charter schools are public schools that receive public funds, so the two should have used p-cards for any school-related purposes.
Can we change the law to “SHALL”.
State Auditor Tom Wagner said his office was investigating the issue, which could lead to criminal charges, but his office was still gathering information.
Not going to happen Tom! AG and Markell are buds!
Eastside’s school leader, Lamont Browne, will now be in charge of both schools. Gov. Jack Markell and Department of Education officials have frequently praised Browne’s leadership of Eastside, crediting him with growing test scores despite the school’s challenging, mostly low-income student population.
So is the News Journal saying Markell gave his blessings?
The audit of Moore and Brewington’s purchases includes more than 100 pages of credit card statements.
Some of the purchases Moore made include:
•A $3,224 purchase and $1,986 purchase at Raymour & Flanigan in Wilmington
•A $2,500 car payment at Infiniti of West Chester
•$2,143.26 at The Home Depot in New Castle
•$1,599.97 at Just Cabinets in Wilmington
•$1,491.49 at Macy’s for “Fine Watches”
•$920 to Ticketmaster in New York City to see John Legend perform and $816.06 to see Alicia Keyes perform.
•Multiple purchases at Best Buy, including payments of $1,105.92 and $1,009.94
•$294.45 at Red Tower Regalia, which sells outfits for the Masons and other groups
•Multiple car payments for totals like $630 and $593 at Mercedes Benz of Wilmington
•Multiple cable bill payments to Comcast for totals like $541.62 $499.94 and $288.30.
•Multiple payments to Dick’s Sporting Goods in Newark, including purchases of $272.95 and $377.97
•$609.94 at Oreck Floor Care in Wilmington
•Multiple grocery runs at ACME in Newark for totals like $144.82, and $226.16
•$174.25 for meals at Ruths Chris Steakhouse in Baltimore
•A $450 federal tax payment
•Multiple purchases at Bed Bath & Beyond, including one for $642.84
•$461.60 for “dental services” at Dental Diagnostic and Servics in Newark
Purchases Brewington made include:
•$5,200 at Empire Today in Northlake, Illinois
•$949 at Carman Ford Lincoln in New Castle
•$843 at Men’s Wearhouse in Wilmington for alterations, and $433.96 for ties, pants and a coat
•$800 at Desserts by Dana
•$479.85 at Macy’s in Arlington, VA and $273.17 and $200 at the Macy’s in Christiana Mall
•$703.80 for a visit to the optometrist
•$1,155, $189, and $72 purchases at Emily’s Spa and Gift
•$233 at the Dress Barn in Wilmington
•$114.98 at 1-800-Flowers.com for floral arrangments
•$70 at Edible Arrangements in Wallingford, Connecticut.
All under the nose of DE DOE who has a DE DOE representative sitting on Family Foundation’s Citizen Budget Oversight Committee as required by state law! WHEN WILL DE DOE BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE? Somebody’s DE DOE’s ASS needs to be FIRED!