Volusia school board files lawsuit against failing charter school

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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - A Volusia County school is in for a legal battle.

The school board has filed a lawsuit against a failing DeLand charter school and its management company in an effort to force them to turn over unspent money.

The struggling Boston Avenue charter school closed in June after the school board refused to renew its charter.

Channel 9's Myrt Price combed through school documents to find out exactly what charter school officials spent with public funds.

Once the charter school was shut down, all leftover public funds or things bought with taxpayer funds were supposed to be turned over to the district, according to the documents.

The school district claims it never got that equipment. so the district is suing School Management Solutions, the company that ran the charter school, for $15,000.

School officials said they couldn't talk about the lawsuit.

Officials with the charter school could not be reached for comment.

People in the neighborhood said it's a shame that the school didn't make it.

Neighbors said they were shocked when they saw the gates closed and locked and discovered the school has been shut down.

They say they enjoyed having the school in their neighborhood and since it's been closed, the neighborhood hasn't been the same.

"I would have thought it would have been something they could have done to save the school," resident Robert Chaddock said.