“K12 wants their computers back and they want them back now,” one of the respondents, Tiffany Evans, said in a subsequent telephone interview. She and her wife, Nikky, have two sons at the school. They got a call from a K12 representative this week demanding that the computers be returned.
“She said it needs to be returned immediately, like I was stupid,” Nikky Evans said. “The way she spoke to me it was like I was a thief.”
Not all students got their computers from K12, so not all would be affected. Angela Lassetter, the head of school, said in an interview Thursday that the board is taking steps to ensure that school will start as scheduled on Monday.
The company filed a complaint to the state in June about the school board’s behavior, but the oversight agency, the State Charter Schools Commission, found no problems, saying the board had authority over financial and curriculum decisions, according to recent correspondence obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution using the state open records act. The agency then sided with the academy board over a subsequent complaint that K12 had withheld some student records. This would make it impossible for the school to share some student transcripts.
In a stern letter Tuesday, a commission staffer wrote that the agency would take “all necessary and appropriate action” if the company failed to hand over the records by noon Friday.
The company told the AJC Thursday that it hadn’t withheld such records and would, in any case, comply.
The school’s board issued a statement Thursday complaining that K12 had taken “retaliatory” actions that included the lockdown of student computers, locking employees out of the email system, shutting down the school website, commandeering the Facebook page and posting a “bad-faith” column.