Children’s Village Academy appealing state’s decision to shut it down today

KINSTON, N.C. (WITN) – An Eastern Carolina charter school under scrutiny for allegations concerning the school’s operation is appealing the state’s decision not to renew its charter Monday morning.

At the start of May, the North Carolina Charter Schools Review Board voted not to renew the charter for Children’s Village Academy.

The charter school, made of up two campuses and 140 students, is said to have a history of fiscal problems.

According to the state’s meeting, the school had to pay back $152,000 in federal grant funds that the state says was improperly spent by Wednesday, May 8th, while officials claim they have found hundreds of thousands of more dollars in questionable grant spending.

WITN has not been told if the amount was paid.

In March, some 40% of the employees at Children’s Village were reclassified as independent contract employees, reducing their pay by 20% and eliminating many benefits without an official board vote.

Children’s Village’s two campuses include one for pre-K through 5th, and the other for 6th through 8th grades.

The charter school has decided to appeal to the State Board of Education. A virtual hearing is scheduled for today at 10 a.m.

According to officials, it will be publically live streamed on YouTube.