Kinston charter school ordered to repay $162,595; charter renewal in jeopardy

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – A troubled Eastern Carolina charter school is being ordered to pay back tens of thousands of dollars that the state says it spent inappropriately.

The state Department of Public Instruction says Children’s Village Academy in Kinston must repay $162,595.91 to the U.S. Department of Education through DPI “out of local funds.”

In a letter to the charter school on Monday, DPI officials told them the money had to be repaid before next Friday. The charter school can request a hearing within 30 days.

In December, Children’s Village was accused of misusing its money by the state after receiving allegations about a board member using school grant funding for personal gain.

The school has two campuses, one for pre-K through 5th, and the other for 6th through 8th grades.

That is not the only problem facing Children’s Academy. The Office of Charter Schools is now recommending that the school’s charter not be renewed, while it originally was going to suggest a 3-year renewal.

That renewal is expected to come up in a March meeting.

WITN reached out to Children’s Village Academy for a comment on the latest developments but has not heard anything back.