DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Despite a state investigation by the auditor’s office that included seizing records on Thursday, students were in classes at General Chappie James Leadership Academy Monday. Kecia Williams, director of what Ohio refers to as a Dayton community school, responded by email Monday to questions posed Friday by 2 NEWS Investigates:
General Chappie James Leadership Academy (the “GCJLA”) is an Ohio community school committed to and focused on honoring the uniqueness of students by trusting their natural abilities to develop life-long learners who are independent thinkers and leaders that will establish a culture of diversity, respect, responsibility, service and courage. The GCJLA is participating in a review and investigation by the Ohio State Auditor’s office. The review and investigation has just begun and no individual associated with or affiliated with the school, whether administrator, teacher, staff, or student is the focus, target, or subject of the review and investigation. The GCJLA is working with the State Auditor’s office to ensure that the GCJLA continues to provide its students with a quality education in a safe and supportive environment that fulfills its mission. While the GCJLA works with the State Auditor’s office, we are still open and operating according to our normal school schedule.
2 NEWS Investigates uncovered the school owes tens of thousand of dollars. The Ohio Department of Education says the school claims it has more students than it actually does. The auditor’s office is not revealing the focus of its investigation.