08-25-2015 Special School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #17


Title
Notification of Intention to Terminate Campus Charter Contract

Discussion

Florida Statute §1002.33(8)(b) requires the Sponsor to notify the charter school’s governing board of the proposed action to terminate, in writing, at least 90 days prior to terminating the charter contract. 

Pursuant to §1002.33 Florida Statute, the sponsor may terminate a charter for the following reasons:

  1. §1002.33(8)(a)(2) Failure to meet generally accepted standards of fiscal management

Campus Charter School has failed to meet generally accepted standards of fiscal management by not correcting deficiencies reported since March, 2015 in their monthly financials or responding to requests for clarification.  Additionally, evidence has been submitted identifying missed payroll, missed debt payments and other financial concerns. RSM McGladrey has conducted an audit, submitting a summative report on August 19, 2015.  The school’s annual audit, to be conducted by Berman Hopkins and Wright, serving as their external auditors, is due August 31, 2015. 

2.       §1002.33(8)(a)(3) Violation of law

§1002.33(16)(b)(1) Campus Charter School has violated §286.001 Florida Statute by conducting school business and governing board meetings outside the parameters of the Sunshine Law. Additionally, pursuant to §1002.33 (16)(b)(2)  Chapter 119 has  violated a public records request as it was not fulfilled in a timely manner.

3.       §1002.33(8)(a)(4) Other good cause shown

Campus Charter School is in default of its contractual agreement with the School Board of Brevard County and in default of the Florida State Statues by virtue of the following:

  • Failure to comply with submitting required documents delineated in charter contract.  Fifty percent of the required documents were not submitted for the 2014-2015 school year, and, as of August 3, none have been submitted for the start of the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Failure to keep an “arm’s length” relationship between the governing board and the school’s Education Service Provider (ESP), which constitutes a breach by the school under the terms of the Charter between school and sponsor.



Recommendation

Recommend that the School Board of Brevard County provide Campus Charter School’s Governing Board the attached notice of intent to terminate the charter contract.



Meeting Date(s)
Consent w/o Information - 8/25/2015

Authority for Action
1002.33 (8)(a)(2), (8) (a) (3) and (8) (a) (4)

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds

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Contact
Stephanie Archer, director of School Choice, ext. 395


Attachment:  Letter.pdf