Alberta Education shuts down private Christian school in Cold Lake
'The information provided through this review was alarming,' David Eggen says
Alberta Education has shut down a private Christian school in Cold Lake following an audit that found questionable spending and conflicts of interest.
Trinity Christian School Association, which received more than $5.6 million in Alberta Education funding for the current school year, has lost its registration and accreditation effective immediately, the government announced Tuesday.
In a letter to Trinity’s board chair Tuesday, Alberta Education said the decision was made because Trinity “has failed to appropriately supervise its home education program” and “has failed to demonstrate accountability for funding received from the government of Alberta.”
An audit found that public funding from Trinity Christian School Association was directed to a third party, Wisdom Home Schooling Society, even though Wisdom had “no relationship” with Alberta Education.
In 2014/2015, Wisdom spent $5.2 million, or 90 per cent, of all the home-education grant funding that had gone to Trinity, the audit found.
Wisdom was also found to have retained $988,000 in unclaimed parent funding over the past three years.
“The information provided through this review was alarming,” Education Minister Dave Eggen told a news conference.