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DC Public Charter School Board delays vote, awaiting more information on alleged misuse of funds

4:06 PM, Oct 15, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9)-- The DC Public Charter School  Board will not vote Wednesday, as planned, on whether or not to revoke the charter for Options Public Charter School.  The vote was expected to happen at the board's regular monthly meeting.

This news comes in the wake of a lawsuit filed October 1 by DC's Attorney General alleging the misdirecting of funds by three former managers of the DC public charter school for at-risk youth.

The suit also names WUSA9 anchor JC Hayward, who was the chair of Options Public Charter School's board of trustees.

The suit claims Dr. Donna Montgomery, Dr. David Cranford and Paul Dalton improperly directed two-point-eight million dollars in District public school funding to companies they owned.

The suit says Hayward assisted those managers by signing contracts in her role as chairman of the board.

No criminal charges have been filed.

Hayward told WUSA9 she received no money, and all she did was sign bills in her capacity as chair of the charter school's board. She says she resigned from the school's board the week before the lawsuit was filed.   Hayward's attorney filed a motion on October 9 asking  the court to dismiss Hayward from the lawsuit.

MORE: JC Hayward Files Motion To Be Dropped From Lawsuit

Hayward has been relieved of her duties at WUSA 9 pending further investigation.

The DC Public Charter School Board opted not to make a decision Wednesday about Options PCS's charter after receiving a letter from the school's court-appointed receiver, Josh Kern.  In a letter dated October 8, Kern requested "a stay of your revocation proceedings until such time as I, and my team, am able to perform a more complete analysis of the school's operations." Kern says in the letter that he expects to be able to present his assessment of the school's operations by the DC Public Charter School Board's December meeting.

"I have approved the payment of the current pay cycle for teachers and staff, but have frozen payments of other invoices, reimbursements and accounts payable until I have a better understanding of the school's finances," Kern says in the letter.

The DC Public Charter School Board has indicated that regardless of whether the school's charter is eventually revoked, Options PCS will remain open for the remainder of the 2013-2014 school year.

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