The amount of taxpayer funds that must be repaid by the Richard Allen charter schools in Dayton and Hamilton grew to $2.2 million with yet another state audit released Wednesday.
The story you’re reading is premium content for subscribers of the Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun and Journal-News. Not a subscriber? Get total access to all our in-depth news and exclusive content here.
For Subscribers: Sign in here if you have already registered your account.Sign In
For Subscribers: Register your account for digital access.Access Digital
Read MyDaytonDailyNews.com now — 24-hour digital pass99¢ for 24 hours
Read MyDaytonDailyNews.com all week — weekly digital pass$3.99 per week
Subscribe for as little as 33¢ per dayView Offers
State: Charter schools owe millions
April 2011 – State auditors launched an investigation into Richard Allen Schools after discovering $89,067 in funds allegedly misspent on things including overpayments to board members and buildings owned by the schools’ management company, the Institute of Charter School Management and Resources.
June 2011 – A Dayton Daily News investigation found that of the $6.5 million in tax dollars Richard Allen Schools received in 2009, more than $1 million went toward management and consulting firms founded by Jeanette C. Harris, Richard Allen’s CEO and president. The only oversight came from entities with which she had close ties.
Feb. 2012 – The Ohio auditor’s office said “booze, missing money, missing records and self-dealing” led to $929,850 in findings for recovery in a special audit of Richard Allen Academy charter schools.
Feb. 2013 – The Ohio auditor’s office again issued findings for recovery involving Richard Allen Academy charter schools, saying their management company owes taxpayers another $860,000.
Nov. 2013 – The latest audit alleges $452,281 was overpaid to the schools’ management company and says the Ohio Ethics Commission was asked to look into the former school director and her family’s ties to IMR.