Charlotte Catholic investigates spending concerns

Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 2.10.48 PMCharlotte Catholic High School Principal Jerry Healy was recently placed on paid leave after an independent organization that supports the school questioned the use of some funding.

The Charlotte Catholic High School Foundation believes certain foundation funds provided to the school were used improperly and has taken the issue to the Diocese of Charlotte Catholic Schools, who oversees the school. The Diocese placed Healy on leave as the situation and information is reviewed, and has asked an independent auditing firm to review the school’s bank accounts, according to a letter sent to Charlotte Catholic High parents from Janice Ritter, superintendent of schools.

Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools (MACS) tuition dollars and tuition assistance programs are not in question and are not associated with this concern, according to the letter. Placing Healy on paid leave at this time was common approach and best practice, officials said.

“Please know that the Diocese of Charlotte, its schools and parishes are committed to operating in a transparent manner… The Diocese of Charlotte is also committed to the highest standards of fiscal integrity and accountability,” the letter said. “To this end, the Diocese has enumerated extensive financial policies and internal controls that apply to all diocesan entities.”

Programs and instructional programming will continue as usual while Healy is gone with the help of the Catholic Schools Office working with Charlotte Catholic High faculty and staff.

See the letter

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