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Harvest Prep’s finances are solid, its leadership strong



By Shana Ford

Guest Commentator 


I am a parent of Best Academy students. I have more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, and I am the board chair of Harvest Preparatory School. You may be aware that on Saturday, August 25 reporter Steve Brandt of the Star Tribune wrote his fifth in a series of negative articles about Eric Mahmoud and Harvest Preparatory School (Harvest Prep). The only new news in Saturday’s article is that a Notice of Deficiency (Notice) was delivered from Harvest Prep’s authorizer, Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW), to Harvest Prep’s Board of Directors on Thursday, August 23, questioning the financial management of the school. I am writing to assure you that the school is well-managed, and to ensure that you have a few additional facts. The first thing you should know is that Harvest Prep went through an extensive and rigorous annual site visit by ACNW on February 12, 2012. Continue Reading →

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