...the schools rent most of their material goods from founder Baker Mitchell's two for-profit companies
For the 2013-14 school year, Charter Day School in Leland and Columbus Charter School in Whiteville paid Mitchell's Roger Bacon Academy about $1.5 million to lease their buildings. ...Douglass Academy, housed in the Peabody Building on North Sixth Street in downtown Wilmington, is leased from the nonprofit Friends of New Hanover County Community Action for $1 per year.
The company plans to open a fourth school, South Brunswick Charter School in Southport, this fall.
Mitchell incorporated both the Roger Bacon Academy for-profit education management company and the for-profit Coastal Habitat Conservancy school equipment and supply rental company in early 1999. He founded the first nonprofit charter school four months later...
...Charter Day and Columbus Charter schools were constructed for use as charter schools. Both schools lease the buildings and property from Roger Bacon...
Mitchell currently serves as the secretary for Charter Day School Inc.'s board of trustees, is the president of the management company and is the registered agent for the rental company.
That means Mitchell leads the company that manages the schools and the company that rents equipment to the schools and is an officer on the schools' decision-making board.
"It appears to be a closed loop of circulating money that all ends up in the management company Mr. Mitchell owns"...
Paul Norcross and Robert Luddy are both big Charter School boosters and support Phil Berger Jr.
Norcross co-founded Phoenix Academy, a charter school in High Point.
Since the beginning of the year Keep Conservatives United has raised at least $128,750, according to a report filed with the Federal Elections Commission — spent solely on media buys in support of Berger or against his Republican opponents.
The super PAC received a $50,000 contribution from Robert L. Luddy, CEO of Captive Aire Systems in Raleigh.
"Luddy runs a chain of private schools under the name Thales Academy."
Luddy is big into charter schools, which don’t like releasing public records of how much their employees make.