CONTACT: Michele Clark
Vol. 45, No. 38
May 18, 2011
Charter School Notified Federal Funds Must Be Returned
State education officials on Tuesday (May 17) notified leaders of the Don Bosco Charter High School in Kansas City that more than $256,000 in federal funds are in question and must be recouped by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The Department conducted a federal financial monitoring review on May 10 following the April 8 announcement by the school that it will be closing at the end of this year. In the audit, department staff determined the school had misallocated Title I federal monies to cover portions of staff salaries, benefits and materials for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years.
The Title I program under No Child Left Behind provides federal funds to local school districts to improve the education of disadvantaged students. It is the largest federal program supporting elementary and secondary education.
Appropriate documentation could modify the total amount due. The charter school has until May 27 to submit any data corrections for the 2009-10 Final Expenditure Report (FER) and until July 2 for the 2010-11 FER.
In the meantime, the Department has notified the Don Bosco Charter School and its sponsor, the University of Central Missouri, that remaining state aid payments and sponsor stipend funds will be withheld until the matter is resolved.
The school began operations in fall 1999 and has experienced declining enrollment. School officials are reportedly working with 160 students and their parents to assist with the transition to a new school this fall.