The non-profit group behind three area charter schools is planning for higher enrollments next school year.
At a board meeting Thursday, Charter Day School, Inc. directors approved their schools' budgets for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1.
The spending plans call for 935 students at Charter Day School in Leland, 890 at Columbus Charter School in Whiteville and 80 at Douglass Academy in Wilmington.
The state placed Douglass Academy on warning earlier this year because its enrollment failed to meet the state's minimum enrollment of 65 students.
South Brunswick Charter, a new school opening in the fall, is budgeted for 80 students.
Collectively, the three schools are ending this budget year with a surplus of $325,000.
A spokeswoman for the non-profit's management company, Roger Bacon Academy, didn't provide a detailed explanation of how the surplus will be used.
"CDS , Inc. will continue to use its surplus funds to provide excellent educational choices to families," Public Information Officer Sawyer Batten wrote in an e-mail.
Charter Day School will pay Roger Bacon Academy $2,047,740 this fiscal year, Batten said. CDS is contracted to give 16 percent of its annual revenue to the management company.
It's unknown how much of the money is paid to headmasters and other school administrators employed by Roger Bacon Academy. The company claims it is not subject to the state's public records act.
The salaries of teachers who work at the schools are public record because they are employed by the non-profit Charter Day School.
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