Lake Tahoe Learning Center reopens |

Lake Tahoe Learning Center reopens

School is back in session for Lake Tahoe Learning Center.

LTLC closed temporarily because of alleged funding problems.

LTLC is a member charter site school of Sierra Summit Academy, Inc. SSA operates out the Sierra-Plumas Unified School District. The California Department of Education allocates funds for charter schools and then the money is doled out to counties through the state controller’s office. The controller’s office ordered an audit of SSA in April.

The Sierra County Department of Education ordered a freeze on funds going to SSA pending the outcome of the audit, which is expected in June. SSA took the case before a district judge who ordered the funds to be freed May 11 to allow SSA school sites to finish the academic year.

“I didn’t think the figures were quite accurate,” said Sierra County Superintendent of Schools, Bill Rouse. “I held the money and I had to do what the court ordered, and I did that.”

Sierra-Plumas District Superintendent Jeff Bauer said he felt it was inappropriate for Rouse to withhold the money.

“We took him to court and beat him soundly,” Bauer said. “It was told that he exceeded his authority and misused his authority. The audit that we have is one of several that the controller’s office is hitting.”

The day the funds were freed, Bauer ordered SSA schools closed.

The state controller’s office hosted an audit meeting with officials from the SSA, Sierra-Plumas School District and Sierra County Office of Education May 16. While the details of the meeting are unclear, money was allocated to allow SSA schools finish the year.

The last day of school is expected to be May 31. The original closing date was June 15.

LTLC school site director Dave Rude was unavailable for comment Monday.

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