The three schools that have not responded to the request are Charter Day
School in Leland, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville and Douglass Academy in
They are run by Roger Bacon Academy, an education management company based
in Leland. The company's founder and president, Baker Mitchell, sits on the NC
Charter School Advisory Board.
A Roger Bacon spokeswoman wrote a "response requires careful analysis and
consideration," but in a May 25 blog post, Mitchell wrote that he believes salaries
are "private, confidential information between the school and the teacher."
"Charter Day School might be slow to respond to WECT's demand for private
personnel data on our dedicated teachers," he wrote. "However, the premise that
the NC law requires such disclosures by non-profit corporations is far from
correct. The law requires no other publicly-funded nonprofit corporations, like
volunteer fire departments, nonprofit medical facilities, museums, and others,
to do so."
Joel Medley, director of the State Office of Charter Schools, said his office would look into our request of Roger Bacon Academy if a formal complaint and supporting documents were provided.