Innovations Early College High School in Salt Lake City is losing its second principal this year amid questions of financial mismanagement

(Al Hartmann | Tribune file photo) Salt Lake City School District Innovations Early College High School in Salt Lake City.

“Rest assured that the district is committed to Innovations,” Radmall wrote, “and that I will continue to work diligently with district leaders to strengthen and clarify the procedures and programs that make Innovations great before I go.”

Radmall is the second administrator to leave Innovations during the current academic year, following the December exit of founder Kenneth Grover. She did not respond to a request for comment.

The public school — a specialty campus operated by Salt Lake City School District — is currently restructuring its operations and finances after questions emerged regarding Grover’s use of funds in a districtwide account without formal approval.

But parents recently learned they will be personally responsible for some tuition costs next year, after district officials discovered Innovations was making those payments out of a districtwide concurrent enrollment budget, intended to cover students in all Salt Lake City high schools.

Grover’s administrative practices were also scrutinized in a recent report by the Utah Investigative Journalism Project, which found the former principal had exaggerated student achievement and graduation rates while spending large sums on candy, gift cards, accessories and other student incentives.

In her letter, Radmall did not refer to the allegations against Grover, who also resigned from the school to pursue another job opportunity.

The interview process for finding a new Innovations principal has already begun, Radmall wrote, with the hope of selecting a new administrator before her April exit.

“We will continue to communicate with you as changes occur,” Radmall wrote to parents. “Thank you again for allowing me to have a part in your student’s education.”

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