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Whats the difference?

"Baker owns the land Charter Day School and RBA sit on through a group called the "Coastal Habitat Conservancy," according to county documents. Tax records report Baker received almost a million dollars to rent the land back to himself. "Coastal Habitat Conservancy" also is reported to own most of the equipment and buildings / trailers the school uses to educate students. That equipment is also rented and the money is paid back to Baker."

Exactly how is this ANY different than any landlord? A person with the means to do so buys a property and effectively "rents" it to a willing tenant. In this case a Charter School rents the land from the owner who happens to be the same person. Good for him! Otherwise he would be paying someone else. To me this sounds like a smart business move, not something that should be shamed in the public media. From my understanding Mr. Mitchell put up his own personal money and time to build a better school in a county that has a dire need for effective education and now is slowly recapturing his initial investment. If WWAY really wants a story maybe they should look into the messes that the public schools in the area continually sweep under the rug.


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