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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Gulen Charter School- Fulton Science Academy downgraded by Fitch!!!!

Fitch Ratings has downgraded the rating on the $18.9 million of Development Authority of Alpharetta, Georgia educational facilities revenue bonds (Fulton Science Academy project) (the bonds) to 'B' from 'BB-'. The bonds remain on Rating Watch Negative.
Joint and several general obligation of Fulton Science Academy, Inc. (Fulton Science Academy Middle School, or the middle school or FSAMS), Fulton Educational Services, Inc. (Fulton Science Academy High School, or the high school), and Fulton Sunshine Academy (Fulton Science Academy Elementary School, or the elementary school; collectively with the middle school and high school, the borrowers, or the schools or FSA), payable from all legally available revenues and secured by a first mortgage lien on the new campus.
MATERIAL DEFAULT RISK: The downgrade to 'B' reflects elevated default risk related to the non-renewal of FSAMS' charter by its local school district, a shrinking window to pursue alternative charter renewal options, and further FSAMS leadership missteps in managing key relationships.
POTENTIAL LOSS OF CHARTER: Late last year, the charter authorizer (Fulton County School District, FCSD) rejected the middle school's charter renewal application. FSAMS applied to the state of Georgia's Department of Education (DOE) for a new charter, but a final determination is not expected until the middle of June, just weeks before its FCSD charter expires.
TURBULENT RELATIONSHIPS CAUSE CONCERN: FSA's recent failure to obtain required construction approvals for its project, along with the FSAMS charter non-renewal, highlight an on-going, worrying trend of management inattention to regulatory requirements.
CONCERNS TRUMP INVESTMENT-GRADE CHARACTERISTICS: Fitch notes that on a consolidated basis, the borrowers generated solid debt service coverage in fiscal 2011 and standardized test scores generally exceed state and district averages. However, these factors, which help drive positive enrollment trends, do not fully offset the concerns Fitch has regarding FSAMS' future, and FSA's relationship management.
FAILED STATE CHARTER APPLICATION: Expiration of the middle school's FCSD charter at June 30, 2012, without a replacement state charter could result in an immediate event of default as defined in bond documents. In such a scenario, Fitch would likely downgrade the bonds to no higher than 'C', with a Negative Rating Watch. According to terms of the loan agreement and indenture for the bonds, the trustee could implement accelerated redemption provisions.
STATE CHARTER WITHOUT ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT: If the middle school wins approval of a state charter, it still faces the challenge of operating without significant revenues currently provided by FCSD. Should proposed legislative remedies fall short of fully replacing the loss of district funding, the middle school plans to rely upon internal resources, potentially diminishing an already modest financial cushion.
FURTHER ASSESSMENT OF REGULATORY RELATIONSHIPS: The elementary and high schools maintain FCSD charters in good standing. Fitch will closely monitor their relationships with FCSD, as well as FSAMS' interactions with DOE regarding its state charter application. Any indications of FSA management continuing to mishandle relationships with regulators could trigger further negative rating action.
Following several months of failed negotiations, the FCSD board voted unanimously on Dec. 20, 2011 to reject the middle school's application to renew its charter. The middle school's FCSD charter expires on June 30, 2012. FCSD staff is planning how to redistribute current FSAMS students to other district schools next fall.
In January 2012, FSAMS submitted an application to DOE to become a state-chartered special school (state charter school) on July 1, 2012. DOE staff will make a recommendation on the application to the DOE board in May. Fitch anticipates a DOE board vote on the recommendation at the board's June 14 meeting. If DOE rejects the application, FSAMS management will have very little time to seek alternatives before FCSD closes the school because of charter expiration on June 30.
Even if FSAMS wins DOE approval, it faces a potentially significant financial challenge. State-chartered special schools are not eligible to receive local school district funding, and can only receive direct state aid. In its worst-case scenario, FSAMS management estimates it could lose 50% ($1.9 million) of its total fiscal 2012 budget as a state charter school. FSAMS' state charter school application reflects $1.2 million in expense cuts.
FSAMS expects to utilize a portion of its balance sheet resources to make up the potential $700,000 gap. This includes fiscal 2011 available funds of approximately $685,000, additional projected surplus of $150,000 for fiscal 2012, and $270,000 in donations raised to-date by the school since January 2012. Unless the legislative remedies discussed below are successful, FSAMS could face a similar challenge for fiscal 2014, with just $400,000-$500,000 in reserves.
A state appropriations bill for fiscal 2013 recently approved by the House of Representatives includes $8.7 million in supplemental aid for state charter schools. If approved by the senate and governor (who initially proposed the funding), this supplemental aid could provide state charter schools with up to 90% of the per-pupil funding they would have received under district charters. This would temporarily offset the financial disadvantage of a state versus a local charter.

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