The school board and former accountant are alleging that Ms. Beall misappropriated funds from 1999 to 2006. Amongst their allegations they are purporting that she eliminated financial records during the same time frame. To this point, Ms. Beall has allegedly been unavailable for comment regarding the situation. No criminal charges have been filed by the board against the former superintendent. The board is also alleging that Ms. Beall asked for assistance from a janitor in confiscating alleged incriminating school records. In addition, the board is allegedly accusing Ms. Beall of receiving money back for a deposit that was placed down for the school's water account. They are alleging that she used the school's money to buy personal real estate for herself with the funds. Ms. Beall is allegedly pointing the finger back at the school board. She is allegedly blaming them for wrongful termination of herself as an employee and poor management of the school.
The school originally opened up for classes in 1999. Approximately seventy three students have been displaced due to the school closing. Auditors for the state of Texas have been aware for nearly two years that $750,000 was unaccounted for at Lynacre Academy. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) oversees the operation of charter schools throughout the state. The TEA has allegedly said that there is a larger propensity for errors in record keeping in funds for charter schools. This is allegedly due to the lack of bookkeeping knowledge most administrators running charter schools have due to how new these types of schools are.
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Other alleged financial dealings that are coming into question involve exorbitant fees being charged unlawfully to students. Students at Lynacre Academy were allegedly being billed for graduation fees and days absent. These types of fees are considered unlawful. Also, allegedly there were discrepancies found in attendance records at the school as well.
By: Delsia Hartford