State urges removal of Lincoln Memorial Academies top administrator
MANATEE COUNTY- Manatee County Schools is pleading with Lincoln Memorial Academy to work with them after the state detailed significant breaches of contracts and statutes. The state is strongly urging that Lincoln Memorial remove its top administrator and get their finances in check, before the state steps in.
“It is not the desire plan or goal,” barber said. “Of the School District of Manatee County to remove Lincoln Memorial Academy’s charter or see it cease its operations.”
The State Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran sent a letter expressing urgent concern over the safety of students with Eddie Hundley still employed.
His License was revoked after he recommended someone for another teaching job while he was under criminal investigation for inappropriate contact with students.
“Stripping him of all rights of a Florida Certified Educator,” Titlebaum said. “And legally precluding him from holding a position whether paid or voluntary that takes him onto a public schools campus while students are present. Lincoln Memorials continued employment of Mr. Hundley flies in the face of all efforts to provide a safe learning environment for all students.”
The letter also detailed significant problems with financial deficits for the school, while 41% of their budget goes to administrative expenses.
“When compared to the administrative costs for schools in Manatee County of approximately 12% of the budget,” Titlebaum said. “The Lincoln Memorial Academy spending for administrators is not only disproportionate but suggests waste, mismanagement and possibly fraud.”
Chief Legal Counsel Mitch Titlebaum says they’ve been trying to work on a corrective action plan for the school, but they have not received full expense reports.
“Anything we can do to assist that school in developing a corrective action plan we will do so,” Titlebaum said. “And we will come to the table and we will use the resources of this district, but it takes two and ultimately you have to show us the documents you have to work with the district.”
Lincoln Memorial Academy did not respond to our request for comment today, but if these plans are not submitted to the state by the 24th the state department of education can step in and impose their own corrective action plan.