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Charter school fires back at AG's claims

Charter school fires back at AG's claims

A charter school in Monroe County is firing back after the state auditor general questioned its finances.

Auditor General Jack Wagner alleges that from 2006 to 2010 Pocono Mountain Charter School funneled more than $3 million in taxpayer funding to the Shawnee Tabernacle Church through rental payments.

School attorney Daniel Fennick says Wagner misinterpreted the facts.

He says independent appraisals have shown that the school paid the proper value for the space it rented from the church.

"The church agreed to take out a huge construction loan, put up the building for the school, and the school is paying rent, which essentially is paying off, paying the loan," said Daniel Fennick, the attorney for Pocono Mountain Charter School. "If the school was paying twice the rent that it should be paying, yes, then there's a problem."

Shawnee Tabernacle Church pastor Dennis Bloom founded the school in 2003 and served as its CEO until 2010.

But that was never found to be a problem.

Last September, the state Board of Education overturned the Pocono Mountain School District's decision to revoke the school's charter over these same issues.

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