Charter calls it quits
NEW PORT RICHEY - The Richard Milburn Academy, which has operated a charter high school in Pasco County since 2002, will close its doors when the school year ends, the Massachusetts-based company announced Wednesday. The school's directors decided not to seek renewal of its charter because of what it called a "punitive and adversarial" attitude from the school district. To read the board's letter to the school district, click here. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino said the charter school had made a business decision, and the school district will focus on ensuring that its 149 students are well served. The Pasco School Board had placed the Richard Milburn Academy on probation because of financial and curriculum concerns. Last year, the Hillsborough County school district forced the Richard Milburn Academy to close a charter school there, stating the school was failing academically.