Florida's first classical prep school approved
Latin and logic will be on the tongues of the Pasco County students who take advantage of Florida's first classical preparatory school when it is expected to open next fall.
The Pasco County School Board cleared the path for the new school on Tuesday when it approved a charter for the school, which the board denied a year ago. Applicant Anne Corcoran, the wife of state Rep. Richard Corcoran, pledged to create a school that will exceed the requirements of law and provide an excellent learning environment for children.
The board's unanimous vote came without a single comment. It moves the charter school ahead to contract negotiations. If those succeed, the school would open next fall with up to 254 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. It aims to expand into the high school grades and double its enrollment over five years.
So far, the school has no set location. But it is expected to operate in the Wesley Chapel area, near the intersection of State Road 56 and I-75.
Last year, the school got a lot of attention for including state Rep. Will Weatherford on its board of directors. As the incoming state House speaker, Weatherford stepped away from that post. The school continues to have high profile board members, including former sheriff Bob White, and advisers, most notably Patricia Levesque, of Jeb Bush's education foundation.
Pasco County currently has five charter schools up and running, serving just under 2,000 students. The School Board, which denied a charter for a proposed Florida Virtual Academy earlier this fall, has a couple more applications to consider for the coming year.