Ohio charter school closes after being audited

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Akron charter school criticized last year by the state auditor's office for having incomplete records has shut its doors.

Teachers at Phoenix Village Academy collected their final paychecks on Wednesday.

The publicly funded, privately operated academy opened in 2006. In November, the school reported an enrollment of 40 students in kindergarten through fourth grade.

Stephanie Arnett, who oversaw the school's second, third and fourth grades, says top school officials met the week before Christmas to discuss funding concerns.

School official Kwa David Whitaker says declining enrollment meant the school had too wide an age range to make teaching feasible.

The academy was operated by the Cleveland-based Ashe Culture Center, which is headed by Whitaker.

Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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