North Carolina State Board of Education members voted on Thursday to transfer control of Heritage Collegiate Leadership Academy in Bertie County to Global Education Resources Inc., a nonprofit education management group that operates three charter schools in the state.
David Machado, executive director of the Office of Charter Schools, says this is the first time the state has transfered control of a charter school. The move came following a recommendation from the state's charter school advisory board.
"The charter school advisory board was concerned with the low academic performance of the school," he said. They were also concerned about the untimeliness of submitting reports, incuding their financial audits. That's what brought this decision."
Machado says the school's new managing organization must submit a plan to staisfy more than $250,000 in outstanding debt to the Office of Charter Schools by June 29. The plan must also include steps to meet academic growth standards during the upcoming school year, he said.
The advisory board selected Global Education Resources to manage the school because the organization promised not to close the school of a year, allowing students already enrolled there to attend in the fall.