What is going on behind closed doors at Mason Classical Academy?
A report from the School District of Collier County special counsel found a lack of financial oversight, Sunshine Law violations and mismanagement by some administrators.
“We listened to a lot of people and those people included parents, faculty members,” Fishbane said.
Now, Special Counsel Jon Fishbane has called for two of the board members for the charter school to resign. His report comes after MCA’s former Treasurer Joe Baird complained to the state.
“All they wanted was to hide everything from me,” Baird said.
The state told the School District of Collier County to take a closer look.
“When things got bad enough,” Baird said, “that’s when I looked at the situation and I said, ‘I have to do something.'”
Fishbane’s report looks at past emails, meetings and information from witnesses accusing the academy of breaking its charter contract by not having a finance committee in place since 2015, along with the administration of mistreating parents and students.
Fishbane recommends training, a change in leadership and a review of the board of operations, rather than closing the school. Baird agrees, telling WINK News charter schools need to be better held accountable.
“You can’t look away,” Fishbane said. “They have to be addressed and something needs to happen.”
Mason Classical Academy sent the following in response to a statement: