MISS FORTUNE SEEKS INVESTIGATION
In a letter sent yesterday to Michael Flanagan, Michigan's Superintendent of Public Instruction, Miss Fortune requested the Department of Education open an official investigation of an apparent conflict of interest violation at the Grand Traverse Academy: improperly awarding a management contract to a sitting Board member, Mark Noss.
In addition, the letter (written under my own name), urged the Department of Education to launch a forensic audit that could determine the extent of the Academy's financial impropriety, including (but not limited to) Steven Ingersoll's $2.38 million dollar overpayment to his firm, Smart Schools Management, Inc.
The Grand Traverse Academy Board recently announced that it will wait until after Ingersoll's federal fraud trial to sue Smart Schools for $1.67 million dollars—lost taxpayer funds that reportedly remain on the Academy’s balance sheet incorrectly classified as an “asset”.
In addition to submitting the letter to Flanagan and Michigan's Attorney General, Bill Schuette, I have also launched a targeted media outreach campaign developed to inform key state and national reporters and expand the news coverage begun on this blog.
I will bring you any update on state and national coverage of this story as soon as it becomes available.