Well, this hardly comes as a surprise. According to sources close to the colossal SNAFU that is the Innovative Arts Academy, the school will not be opening on September 6th as has been promised. The storm of events surrounding the mailing of a school advertisement continues to create fallout for the fledgling charter school, which has reportedly seen a large number of parents removing their children in the last week. Allegedly, the appointment of Steve Gabryluk as interim CEO has resulted in criticism from parents and board members from surrounding school districts. Gabryluk’s inexperience and failures at his former positions are being brought under the microscope. In all fairness, Innovative Arts Academy had to move fast.There was little time to do a proper search for a CEO. Gabryluk was intended to be interim, meaning he would fill in the blank spot until someone more suited can be hired.
Unfortunately, with the school under the microscope, many people affiliated with Innovative Arts are not buying this and do not want Gabryluk hired. Especially after it was revealed that former CEO Loraine Petrillo accepted a $100,000 loan from the building’s landlord, a developer with a shady history here in the Valley. Petrillo’s resignation is not halting calls for an expanded investigation of her and her actions. The focus is moving away from the mailer and is centering on Petrillo and her unethical actions.
This scandal is like an onion and it seems there are still many layers left to peel off before the truth is revealed.
In any case, Innovative Arts Academy will NOT open as promised.