Saturday, September 17, 2011

By Day: A Publicly-Funded Kids Charter School In F'closure; By Night: An After-Hours Nightclub Hosting R-Rated Bashes Headlining Bikinis, Boobs, Booze

In South Dade, Florida, The Miami Herald reports:

  • The "Push It To Da Limit: The Flossin Edition" late-night party is still scheduled to go off Saturday night -- but it won't be at a South Miami-Dade charter school, as previously advertised.

  • Miami-Dade School District officials on Friday were still trying to determine whether the Balere Language Academy -- a charter school already facing financial free-fall and increased school district scrutiny -- has also been doubling as an after-hours nightclub.

  • This week district officials learned of R-rated party fliers, featuring bikini-clad women and bottles of booze, promoting a bash at 10875 Quail Roost Dr. -- the address of the South Miami Heights charter school. Older ads, Twitter posts, Facebook photos and a string of parent complaints about smoky smells and empty beer bottles on campus also indicated past parties were held at the school.


  • The controversy comes as Balere struggles to stay afloat amid a barrage of problems. Among them: A lender filed a foreclosure lawsuit against the school in June for failing to make payments on a $1.5 million mortgage -- one of four mortgages on the school's six-acre property, records show.


  • The school's revenue, which comes from public tax dollars directly tied to the number of students, has shrunk from more than $2 million in 2010 to just over $1 million today. As of February, the school owed more than $100,000 to the Internal Revenue Service for unpaid payroll taxes.

For more, see Charter school in adult-club scandal has money woes (Party promoter has ties to the school's principal, records show).

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