Thackston mostly keeps up with initial deadlines

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch
  • Four of five deadlines due Nov. 1 were completed on time, according to Thackston's CEO.
  • Three years of audits remain to be completed, though Thackston's CEO said it still intends to meet the deadline.

Helen Thackston Charter School met most of the initial set of deadlines set in an agreement between the school and the York City School District, which will eventually close the charter school in 2019, according to the school's chief executive.

Helen Thackson Charter School CEO Carlos Lopez and principal Melissa Achuff address the school board during a rescheduled board meeting Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Bill Kalina photo

CEO Carlos Lopez said all five requirements due Nov. 1 were completed as of Monday, Nov. 13.

The actions due Nov. 1 were:

  • Providing copies of state criminal background checks, child-abuse clearances, FBI background checks and other background-check documentation for all 2017-18 employees.
  • Submitting evidence that all special educational staff are properly certified.
  • Submitting a completed Statement of Financial Interest form for 2016 for board member Kayla Sanchez.
  • Submitting documentation proving payment plus 5 percent interest to each employee enrolled in the school's 403(b) retirement plan during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years.
  • Submitting evidence that a tax claim for the property located at 620 Wallace St. has been fully paid and resolved.

Lopez said all requirements except the tax claim were completed by the Nov. 1 due date.

He placed the fault for the missed deadline on the tax claim on the fact that a check was not accepted by the City of York because it was sent to the wrong department. 

The payment for the tax claim was paid and resolved during the week of Nov. 6, according to Lopez.

Thackston's administration turned a corner when Lopez and Thackston Principal Melissa Achuff joined the administrative team in March, Lopez said.

"We will be continuing this trend" of turning in documents on time, he said.

Thackston has a list of other deadlines set in an agreement it reached with the York City School District on Oct. 19 to close the school at the end of the 2018-19 school year.

The five requirements due Nov. 1 are not consequential to the school's operation.

A stipulation on a deadline regarding audits, however, could see the school close at the end of the current school year if audits for the 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years are not completed and approved by Jan. 31.

Lopez said he will meet with Thackston business manager Tom Taylor this week to look at the remaining deadlines and ensure the timely submission of required actions to York City School District.

"All of the other targets are sitting right in front of me, and the audits are still on for Jan. 31," he said.

A request to confirm information from York City School District Superintendent Eric Holmes on Monday was not returned by a district spokesperson.

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