Carolina International School

A handful of parents have contacted the N.C. State Board of Education concerning the leadership of Carolina International School, which survived an embezzlement case in 2008 that nearly forced it to close.

About a dozen parents question how the current principal and assistant principal were hired for Cabarrus County's only charter school and how board of director meetings are run and documented under North Carolina's open records law. The group wants to start a dialogue with board members in hope to expand the school's board of directors and help prevent future problems…

At the Feb. 10 meeting, the board voted to increase payments to the N.C. Department of Revenue to pay off tax liabilities stemming from the embezzlement. The school will have federal and state debt paid off by June 30, he said, and the financial change could make it easier to attract board members, said Elliott.

The total debt from litigation fees, back taxes and interest from the 2008 embezzlement case reached upwards of $600,000, and the board of directors could legally have been bound to pay that debt had funds not been raised, said Elliott…

A group of about a dozen parents examined board minutes from the summer of 2010 that document the school's hiring of the principal and assistant principal. Elliott is documented as seconding his own vote to go into a closed session. Board member and science teacher Megan McNutt, who was marked absent for the July meeting, is documented as seconding Sam Leder's vote to go into a closed session. Neither of these items have been updated or amended on current meeting minutes found on the school website as of Feb. 18.

Concord attorney Sue Schneider's daughter is a sixth-grader at CIS. She wants the state to get involved to ensure the board and the principal are adhering to school bylaws, which include running meetings using "Robert's Rule of Order, Revised," an updated version of parliamentary procedure that dates back 200 years.

She about 10 other parents are asking the state to better police the charter school's meeting activity and help fully disclose the search process for finding potential principal and assistant principal candidates during the "relatively short" hiring process…

The school had faced struggles after Sandra Vielbaum, the school's former finance officer, in 2008 was charged and later convicted of embezzling $195,000, leaving the school in financial straits. The school was in danger of closing, as it faced a deficit of $400,000, but school leaders secured $380,000, with help from parents and loans, which allowed the school to remain open…

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I do not know whom the principal or assistant principal was in 2011 but the current principal, assistant principal and office staff in general are not people friendly - unless they are already "friends" with them. The administration and staff are clicky and gossipy. I have witnessed this behavior on a couple of occassions and it makes me feel unwelcomed and uncomfortable. I think the office staff should refrain from that type of behavior and treat all those who enter the school with a smile and greeting instead of slinking behind doors and whispering. If this is how the principal,human resource person and other administration and office staff members treat people, they are in the wrong profession. I would feel more comfortable that the school has quality teaching staff and curriculum knowing that all support staff and higher administration showed the professionalism necessary to operate an educational entity.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous is right. I worked there BRIEFLY and it was the worst experience I have ever had. Not only are they not friendly but they allow children and adults to make unfounded claims. Teachers are devious and out for themselves. The class size is not 17 but more than 20. They do not abide by legal guidelines for
Special Education. You do not want to work there or send your child there.

Anonymous said...

You are exactly right. I worked there and still have nightmares about the deviousness at that place.

Anonymous said...

Humm I find it odd that two negative views from past teachers both were posted within 2 mins of each other. At after 3 am for that matter. Good job. Potato

Anonymous said...

My guess is "Anonymous" happens to be the particular teacher that was BRIEFLY there because they were fired and told to never come back onto the school's property ever again. The fact that "anonymous" mentions special education tells me exactly who it is. They were fired due to the fact that this teacher was absolutely evil to our children and probably should've never been a teacher to begin with! Our kids actually feared this person on a daily basis. A horrible human being if you ask me. "Anonymous" is bitter because they got called out and had to own up to their behavior.

Anonymous said...

I don't it was the same person.