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Charlotte Burrell, a board member for four Akron and Cleveland charter schools controlled by White Hat Management, talks after a board meeting at University Academy on Arlington Street about her relationship with the Akron-based company that handles her schools' day-to-day operations. (Photo by Matt Hawout/The News Outlet)
Administrators, board members and employees of White Hat Management prepare for a bi-monthly board meeting for University Academy and Brown Street Academy, two Akron charter schools managed by White Hat. (Photo by Matt Hawout)
David Dubois, a board member for two Akron area charter schools, talks during a recent board meeting about his interests in education and how the daughter of White Hat founder David Brennan asked him and his wife to serve. The boards' attorney, Amy Goodson, also attended the February board meeting at University Academy. (Photo by Matt Hawout)
Charlotte Burrell (left), president of the board of directors for two White Hat managed charter schools in Akron, listens to a building principal deliver a report during a February meeting at University Academy. The boards' attorney, Amy Goodson, looks on. (Doug Livingston/Akron Beacon Journal)
University Academy on South Arlington Street in Akron run by White Hat Management, a for-profit company that reportedly recruited members to serve on the schools' non profit boards, blurring the authority of the board, which is meant to oversee the company. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)
CHARLESTON, W.Va.: As a deluge swamped southeast West Virginia — a disaster that killed at least 20 people — Ronnie Scott’s wife called him and told him their house was filling up with water. She fled to the attic with two dogs and a cat and waited. She smelled natural gas.