The principal of a failed Orange County charter school took home a check for more than $500,000 as the school closed down in June and is still being paid thousands of dollars a month to wrap up the school’s affairs.
The check for $519,453.36 in taxpayer money was cut to Kelly Young, principal of NorthStar High School, two days after the Orange County School Board accepted the school’s plan to close in lieu of being shut down for poor performance.
The payment, which was authorized by the charter school’s independent board, appears to be legal.
But Orange County School Board chairman Bill Sublette is outraged at the payout, calling it “a shameful abuse of public tax dollars” and “immoral.”
State Sen. David Simmons called for a thorough investigation. “There’s no room for abuse by charter or traditional schools,” Simmons said. “All it does is hurt children.”