ScholArts Preparatory and Career Center for Children

“ScholArts charter school to close today.” The Columbus Dispatch (OH), 2/28/2013

A charter school in the Milo-Grogan neighborhood is giving up its legal fight to stay open and will hold its final day of classes today.

ScholArts Preparatory and Career Center for Children dropped its appeal in Franklin County Common Pleas Court yesterday...

The school has received “F” ratings for student performance from the state Department of Education for the past five years. The closing ends legal wrangling that began in October when ScholArts’ sponsor, Kids Count of Dayton, told the school that it would be terminating its sponsorship.

ScholArts owes the state at least $740,000 because the school overstated the number of students enrolled and failed to pay employees’ contributions to the state retirement systems...
“Charter school gets 30-day reprieve.” The Columbus Dispatch (OH), 11/30/2012 

A struggling Columbus charter school got a one-month reprieve to stay open, but it still might be forced to close just before students return from winter break.

ScholArts Preparatory and Career Center for Children initially was told it wouldn’t be allowed to operate after today. But its sponsor, or overseer, extended the closing date to Dec. 31 after the school offered evidence that it had enough money to stay afloat for another 30 days.

Kids Count of Dayton, the school’s sponsor, decided last month to stop working with ScholArts because of poor financial management...
The school also had not paid its contribution to the state School Employees Retirement System for the 2010-11 school year.

Ohio law requires charter schools to have a sponsor. The only way ScholArts can stay open is if it finds a new one, something that is particularly difficult to do mid-year. In addition to its financial troubles, ScholArts struggles academically...

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Officials at one Columbus charter school were trying to figure out how nearly $250,000 disappeared.

The money was supposed to have been paid into two retirement systems on behalf of teachers and staff at the ScholARTS Preparatory and Career Center for Children, located on East Lexington Avenue.

The charter school is affiliated with the Brookwood Presbyterian Chruch.

Consumer 10 notified ScholARTS’ former treasurer that a police investigation was under way.  On hearing the news, the man told Consumer 10 that he felt “physically ill.”

He said that the money that should have been paid into the retirement funds was used to pay other bills instead...

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