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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — It’s been more than a month since we requested names, salaries, and positions of all faculty and staff of Roger Bacon Academy.

If the educational management company does not turn over the information in a reasonable time frame, it could lose its charter.

The charter agreement requires all schools to follow the public records law. This means charter schools must provide information that is public record in a reasonable amount of time or face losing their charter.

“The wages, salary, where the money is going, I think a lot of people would like to know that information,” Charter Day School grandparent Barbara Huston said.

But what is considered a reasonable amount of time?

The Office of Charter Schools Director, Joel Medley says there is no time frame in the law.

But parents and grandparents picking up their students from charter day school say there should not be a problem getting the information requested, especially after a month of waiting.

“I think a month should be a reasonable time,” Charter Day School grandparent Ruthlene Freeman said. “I don’t understand what is causing them not to have it in, but that’s something we as parents are concerned about.”

“I don’t think there should be a problem getting the information if you don’t have anything to hide,” Huston said.

They say if Roger Bacon Academy lost its charter, it would be a shame not only for students, but for parents as well.

“I definitely hope they get the information in in time because Roger Bacon is an excellent school,” Freeman explained. “Both my grandsons attend, and that would be really, really devastating for the parents, and especially for the children.”

Roger Bacon Academy’s public information officer Sawyer Batten said in an e-mail she would respond to our request soon. That was nearly a month ago.

In a later e-mail she said due to the complexity of North Carolina laws and privacy interests, the response requires careful analysis and consideration. But she said they would respond soon.

Medley says if a formal complaint is submitted, with supporting documentation, they will look into the matter to find out if a charter provisions have been violated.

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2015 years 10 months ago

I see that WECT has gotten the salary information that they asked for and looking at it I don’t see a smoking gun that they were hoping for. The next story will be on the $171,200 in bonuses paid.

Come WWAY what will be the next angle you will try to use to do bias reporting against RBA?

How about try reporting why the public school system does do as well and is always asking for more tax dollars.

2015 years 10 months ago

all medical practices that take Medicaid to reveal the salaries of everyone that works there. After all, it’s taxpayer money that provides Medicaid funding. And while you’re at it, ask the executives at PPD to provide their salaries. After all, it’s taxpayer dollars that provided the incentives to get them to locate downtown.

Enough is enough Scott Pickey. You’ve spent more time on this story than you did the New Hanover County Superintendent’s girlfriend who was paid $70k when others in her job classification were paid significantly less.

2015 years 10 months ago

My husband and I visited and toured RBA and were very impressed by a great deal that we saw. We considered sending our AIG middle schooler but ultimately decided not to. I could never quite get over the fact that all females on campus are not allowed to wear pants. Frankly, I believe this to be a very backward, sexist policy. Also, one fact that isn’t mentioned by RBA when they discuss how much less they spend per student than other public schools is that they do not provide food for the students. When we were there (about 2 years ago) they didn’t even have a cafeteria/lunchroom. They ate outside. Student lockers were also outside. Also, I would be very interested in seeing some substantive evidence that they are attracting the best and brightest teachers. That’s certainly a generalized, seemingly opinionated statement in an article criticizing someone else for not sticking to the facts.

2015 years 10 months ago

I fully support charter schools in NC. I believe that The Roger Bacon Academy has caused the other public schools to ‘step up’ and do a better job. Competition does that. However, I strongly disagree with the requirement for women staff and female students to wear dresses. This is a male chauvinist attitude that needs to go. Staff, parents and students have been begging for this requirement to go away…..as it did decades ago…in society. This is demeaning for all females to be required to wear a dress by a male. I could care less about how much you pay your staff, but this male superiority attitude needs to go.

2015 years 10 months ago

If the traditional schools were performing at the level that they should, there wouldn’t be a need for charter schools.

The Sheriff
2015 years 10 months ago

Before I’d repeal The Affordable health care act, I’d repeal freedom of press. But before I’d repeal freedom of press, I’d repeal freedom of information act.

People should be held accountable for their words and actions, especially the media. The media has the ability to calm a society or put it into a panic and that is far more dangerous than some stupid accounting report from the Roger Bacon Academy.

Fact remains, if you the parent don’t want your kid to attend Roger Bacon, then don’t send them there.

Easy peasy.

Really, Scott?
2015 years 10 months ago

There are plenty of ‘real’ stories out there. Why waste your time with a school that is doing more with less? How about demanding why the other public schools cannot do more with more?

The Roger Bacon Academy
2015 years 10 months ago

Request for Some Media Accuracy Delayed…

One of the few accurate facts reported in this manufactured “news” story is that the motto of The Roger Bacon Academy is “Truth Survives.”

Rather than report balanced news on Charter Schools, some media obviously want Charter Schools to fail and will manufacture “news” that ignores the truth. It is false and misleading to report that any Charter School could “lose its charter” if The Roger Bacon Academy does not reveal certain information which the law obviously protects.

While some media prefer to cast The Roger Bacon Academy, its dedicated personnel or student families in a false or negative light, why not let the “Truth Survive?” For example:

1. The Roger Bacon Academy is in constant contact with the Office of Charter Schools, who has assured us that they have no specific requirements regarding any timeline for providing responses.
2. Charter Day School in Leland, managed by The Roger Bacon Academy, had the highest combined test scores and academic growth of any public school in Brunswick County.
3. Columbus Charter School, again managed by The Roger Bacon Academy, had the highest combined test scores and academic growth of any public school in Columbus County.
4. The 2013 audit for the NC Local Government Commission revealed that Charter Day School received only $7,399 per pupil compared to $10,156 per pupil received by Brunswick County, saving taxpayers over $2.5 million last year alone while better educating their students.
5. Even though Charter Day School receives zero taxpayer funds for school construction, it has zero ($0) long-term debt while Brunswick County taxpayers are on the hook for $72 Million in debt requiring additional annual debt service/interest payments of over $8 Million.
6. The Roger Bacon Academy Pop Warner girls Cheerleader Squad won the National Championship for the third straight year, and its Archery Team is the current NC state champion, as they have been for five consecutive years.
7. For six years, Charter Day School, despite being a public school, has fully funded its own full-time Sheriff’s Deputy School Resource Officer – long before any other elementary school.
8. Charter Day School in Leland and Columbus Charter School in Whiteville each have over nine (900) hundred students enrolled for next year with over two (200) hundred more students on waiting lists; a total of more than two (2000) thousand students whose first choice is a school managed by The Roger Bacon Academy.
9. Charter Day School and Columbus Charter School, managed by The Roger Bacon Academy, are the only NC charter schools to ever earn the NC Department of Labor’s prestigious “Gold Award” for achieving and maintaining outstanding safety records.
10. Charter Schools managed by The Roger Bacon Academy attract the best and brightest Teachers in North Carolina and surrounding states.

The media should reject fake “news” and, instead, ask traditional educators why The Roger Bacon Academy is able to save NC taxpayers millions of dollars each year while better educating thousands of students. For NC families who choose Charter Schools, “Truth Survives” while taxpayers wait for some media to report the real story. Learn more at http://www.charterdayschool.org .

Scott Pickey
2015 years 10 months ago

If Roger Bacon has nothing to hide, then it should turn over the information that we’ve requested, as is deemed legal by the state.

It’s a simple request that should have taken a day to fulfill.

Instead RBA drags its feet and appears to think it is above the law.

And yes, the letter sent to all state charter schools says if the information requested is not fulfilled in a timely matter, it could be putting its charter in jeopardy – that’s a fact.


Scott Pickey
WWAY News Director

Robin Brown
2015 years 10 months ago

Roger Bacon Academy says excellence without excuse. There is no excuse for the children not to have anything but the best education they can receive and for my children I see Roger Bacon Academy as the best. Look at the violence and indecent liberties occurring in the other schools. You need to direct your time and resources to the other schools who are failing to go the extra mile that some children need and deserve. Do not start at the schools until you take a long hard look at what you are teaching your child at home. A child learns a lot more at home than at school. I ask what are we as parents teaching our children? How to quit because we do not feel like going that extra step? How to belittle people because they don’t act how we think they should? How to always look at the negative when there is so much positive that can occur in our lives? How to sit around and criticize? Really!! We need to get off that cloud.

2015 years 10 months ago

They were asked to release how they spend ALL of their money, for starters. It has been said numerous times that they “cook the books”. For instance…. where did all of the PIC money go? Why do they not have a parent appointed board for their PIC? Umm…. maybe because they don’t want anyone to know where that money is being spent??
Regardless of what they pay their teachers…. it is a law that public schools have to follow and they are a public school.

Sure they “say” that their kids test higher than the local public schools…. but you have to ask yourself this… if they are always finding a way to hide from anyone asking questions or taking extended amounts of time to get their facts together….. wonder what they do with your children’s test sheets before they scan them in?

2015 years 10 months ago

Honestly, I do no care what the staff makes. The students grades are the only marker I need and these kids consistently score higher. Enough said! Can you talk about a REAL piece of news?

2015 years 10 months ago

I agree as far as teacher salaries. But if the head of the school is taking home 7 figures (as I’ve heard alleged) then I’ve got a problem with that.

2015 years 10 months ago

Not trying to get in a fight but this is some information that is interesting. Roger Bacon gets money from what ever district the student may have gone to if they stayed in public school. So they constantly go after school systems if a student enrolls after the start of the year asking for the full amount even if the student is there half the year. However if a student starts at RBA and is kicked out halfway through they go back to public school but Roger Bacon does not send the money back to the district. They keep the money and that’s education for profit. They also don’t have to spend money on transportation or food for the students.

2015 years 10 months ago

Here you go again trying to dig up a news story and cause issues. Why not take the time to look at the grades of the students at RBA schools and compare them to the county schools. To me that would be news…

Then work a story on why the public schools can’t educate their students.

Really, Scott?
2015 years 10 months ago

If it is fact that a charter school can have better results with less funding….why do you want to demand more from the charter school? Demand more from the traditional public schools that are not performing as well! Wake up!

2015 years 10 months ago

This sinks like the ABC board did.

2015 years 10 months ago

If they had nothing to hide, they wouldn’t be furiously cooking the books as we speak. And it’s OUR Tax Dollars they are failing to account for. Seems the right would be howling for them to make these records public instead of blaming that pesky old “liberal media” again.

2015 years 10 months ago

My son has been a student at Roger Bacon for the last 4 years & he loves it the teachers are nice && they keep you informed abt what is going on with your child && just to mention he has been on the A honor roll since kindergarten & is also a grade level above.

2015 years 10 months ago

I hope the State Board of Education will ask the State Bureau of Investigations to have a forensic audit done of all financial records at Roger Bacon. A month is way to long for records to be produced.


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