Charter School Ordered Closed

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A Sparks charter school dogged by questions about its financial dealings has been told to shut down immediately.

Nevada Leadership Academy officials said they would obey the directive from the Washoe County school board, but warned that they might turn to federal court for financial compensation.

Administrator Lee DeBurle said the 46 students enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grades could attend another charter school, a private school or their neighborhood school.

State Sen. Maurice Washington of Sparks, who's the school's founder and former president of its board, said he hoped the staff would restart the process of creating another school, which takes about a year.

School trustees ordered the closure saying the academy is still not complying with generally accepted standards of accounting and fiscal management, hasn't adopted a budget in line with state regulations and hasn't complied with federal laws governing provisions of any federal grants obtained for the school.

One audit found the school could not account for how $53,423 in grant money was spent.