Dennis Feuerstein, the controversial figure on the Cesar Chavez School Network board, resigned this week. Feuerstein was a long-time supporter of the school's CEO, Lawrence Hernandez, until very late in the turmoil of last year.
Last summer high administrator salaries for Dr. Lawrence Hernandez and his wife, Annette Hernandez, came to light. In the fall, two network schools, GOAL Academy and Scholars to Leaders Academy (f.k.a. Cesar Chavez Academy-North) separated from the network by establishing their own boards and ending the management contract. This step was taken after Dr. Hernandez took over the two schools, terminated administrators and threatened to terminate other staff.
Recently the Cesar Chavez School Network went through an academic audit related to CSAP scores and they're still working through a financial audit. It was found that the network was never its own legal entity, but instead operated under the legal status of the first charter school in the network: Cesar Chavez Academy-Pueblo. Now the network no longer exists. Cesar Chavez Academy-Pueblo and Dolores Huerta Preparatory High along with the Denver CCA campus are all managed under the CCA board. This is the same board Feuerstein resigned from yesterday.
The schools are about $350,000 in the red for this school year, reported Jason Guererro, the Chief Financial Officer who resigned last September, but agreed to stay on until the financial audit was complete.