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Questions surface over invoices for Huntsville alternative school

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

We're getting an explanation after Huntsville City Schools distanced itself from Pinnacle Schools, an alternative school they contract with.

The news comes after questions surfaced over a program Pinnacle offered at five Huntsville high schools. Last month, former Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Casey Wardynski resigned from his position and revealed he's in a relationship with the Pinnacle Schools director and CEO.

The district still contracts with Pinnacle Schools, but they’re no longer the provider for one of their behavioral programs called APP.

We requested invoices that show Pinnacle seeking payments of $25,000 in April and May and then $125,000 in August for APP services.

Huntsville City School Board President Laurie McCaulley said the board never authorized and wasn't aware Pinnacle was providing these behavioral services in five of their high schools until recently.

It's unclear who authorized it at this point. McCaulley said Huntsville City Schools hasn't paid Pinnacle in full for the amount requested until they figure this all out.

“We do now know they were in the schools, so you cannot just not pay the people. The amount now may be negotiable and the parameters of the invoices you keep on referring to," said McCaulley. "But right now the legal counsel is handling all that stuff."

Pinnacle has contracted with Huntsville City Schools for years and has received millions in funding.

Wardynski said he intends to marry Pinnacle's director in the near future.

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