State charter school board doesn’t monitor third party charter school contractors
(KUTV) -- Reporter Chris Jones and Beyond the Books previously investigated an unspecified $5 million expenditure by American Preparatory Academy, paid to a company registered by the school’s executive director, Carolyn Sharette.
After the school’s administration, and Sharette herself, refused to provide details about the taxpayer dollars, we went to APA’s charter authorizer, the Utah Charter School Board.
The head of that board, Jennifer Lambert, is familiar with APA.
“Whenever we’ve sought to work with them, they’ve been responsive to us, and very communicative," she told 2News.
Lambert said that the state board can’t just conduct audits of a school without cause – bad testing performance, for instance, or a floundering financial situation.
And even if APA had sent up any such “red flags,” the charter school board has no authority to audit a third party contractor who does business with the school.
As long as the school is within their charter and they are obeying their charter agreement, we allow them flexibility. We don’t look into those kinds of details.