By Tim Willert
Justice Alma Wilson Seeworth Academy board members voted Friday to relinquish the school's charter and terminate the school's contract with Oklahoma City Public Schools, effective June 30.
The special meeting lasted about five minutes and was called in response to findings of "gross neglect and noncompliance" by the state Education Department.
Seeworth board member Barbara Swinton, a judge on the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, said the panel voted to do what was best for the school and its students.
"In meetings with the state Department of Ed and Oklahoma City Public Schools, we have come to the conclusion that that’s what’s in the best interest of our kids," Swinton said after the 6-0 vote.
The state agency conducted monitoring and review activities associated with the school's federal program funds in March and found the school to be "seriously deficient in the areas of transparency, accountability, and policies and procedures as they relate to the school's federal funds," according to documents obtained by The Oklahoman.
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