2 NEWS Investigates: State investigating Dayton school

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - The state auditor’s office is investigating a Dayton school.  2 NEWS Investigates has learned the auditor’s office with help from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office executed a search and seizure warrant at General Chappie James Leadership Academy Thursday.  It’s a charter school that is sponsored by Kids Count of Dayton.

2 NEWS Investigates spoke with the Director of Kids Count of Dayton and found out that in November 2013 the school was shut down by the sponsor for days over concerns about student attendance, student withdrawals and student enrollment.  Ethel Harris told Pam Elliot that it’s fair to say the school was inflating numbers and therefore receiving more state funds than it should.  Harris said the school came up with a corrective action plan and it was reopened.

The Ohio Department of Education also confirms to 2 NEWS Investigates that it has been monitoring Chappie James as well and right now the school will not be getting state funds in May or June.

“In May and June, they will not receive any funding from the State of Ohio because they owe us so much in back money and it’s very likely at the end of the school year, they will still owe us in excessive of $20,000,” said John Charlton, Ohio Department of Education.

Charlton said the department doesn’t have the authority to shut down the school.  The auditor’s office is not saying much and the search warrant is sealed, but Director Harris said she witnessed school records being boxed and computers being searched. She said she was surprised by Thursday actions.

We have reached out to the school and have not heard back.

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