Instead of opening its doors on September 6th as scheduled, Innovative Arts Academy in Catty will be holding an ‘open house’ for parents that evening at the still unopened, unfinished and under staffed Innovative Arts Academy charter school on Howertown Rd. The ‘open house’ does not appear to be set up for the usual reasons. On the surface, the purpose of the ‘open house’ is to give parents an opportunity to see the school and speak to the board about the situation at the school. But just beneath the surface there are signs that this could be more. The ‘open house’ might be a recruiting tool to bring in more students and faculty.
Kelly Bauer, the chair of Innovative Art’s board is in way over her head. This is not an animal rescue fund event or working as the finance director for one of Philadelphia’s most corrupt councilmen. Her actions so far have been quite ineffective or late. As it stands right now, sources claim that Innovative Arts has 270 students firmly enrolled, not the 340 it claims. The number of faculty spots open stands at 12 according to reports, not 4 as is reported and claimed. To make a long story short, Innovative Arts is close to sinking and this ‘open house’ is a last ditch effort to right the ship before disaster strikes. Sadly, Kelly Bauer is no educator. She is a mediocre political consultant with a very limited academic pedigree and a less than stellar reputation among her peers and people in Catty. She is just the type of person that somebody like Honest Abe would bring to the board to act as a scapegoat when everything goes to hell. Loraine Petrillo at least had the good sense to leave before things became too bad. Bauer is too ignorant to realize the extent of the damage done to Innovative Arts. In all likelihood she will not come to terms with it until she’s the one left holding the bag.
Soon she may have to explain why she contacted yours truly in July about mailing out some fliers on ‘behalf of the school.’ I’m sure many people are beginning to wonder.