Charter Schools Improperly Improperly Paid Board Members for Attending Meetings

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Columbus – Four Horizon Science Academy charter schools improperly paid board members for attending board meetings, according to audits of the schools released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.

Bylaws at the four schools prohibit board members from receiving compensation. However, during fiscal year 2015, some board members were paid for attending board meetings. The following board members received payments in the amounts listed below:

  • Marie Bonilla (Horizon Science Academy - Lorain) - $625
  • Hamiyet Unal (Horizon Science Academy Denison Elementary School) - $500
  • Donald Malloy (Horizon Science Academy Denison Middle School and Noble Academy - Cleveland) - $500
  • Ayhan Duzgun (Horizon Science Academy Denison Middle School and Noble Academy - Cleveland) - $375

Findings for recovery were issued against the board members in the above amounts. The charter school management company, Concept Schools, repaid the findings for recovery on behalf of the board members in the total amount of $2,000 on December 17, 2015. 

A full copy of each report may be accessed online.




The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 5,800 state and local government agencies.  Under the direction of Auditor Dave Yost, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies and promotes transparency in government.

Carrie Bartunek
Director of Communications