CARROLLWOOD, Fla. - Teachers want their money and parents want to know how to plan for the 200 enrolled students who are supposed to start school next month at A.T. Jones Academy, a charter school in Carrollwood.
The school’s website was up and running Wednesday morning and there were no messages or any official word from the school's board about the school closing, but there are several signs that the school is shutting down.
The school sign is down and the other parts of the building, lettering spelling out AT Jones Academy have been ripped away.
Last week, ABC Action News reported that parents allege the school's board members mismanaged money, creating a $100,000 deficit. The school’s financial standing makes it unlikely that the school will open next month.
Teachers at this school tell us their health insurance has been terminated twice, yet money is still being deducted from their paychecks for coverage.
At a board meeting last week, the only board member to show up Bob Morrison, told teachers and parents he would be emailing them soon with answers.
But as of Tuesday night, teachers say they haven't heard a thing.
"They owe me $623 for the premiums that I pay without providing services…we haven't heard anything from them yet and we haven't gotten checks back, nothing," said Monnie So, a teacher at the school.
Board Treasurer Bob Morrison did not return our recent calls,
But he has said in the past that the school is in financial trouble because some parents did not pay for after school care and lunches, leaving the board to pick up the tab.
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