Pasco principals, calendar and charter schools
In all the conversation about finances Tuesday, we didn't pay much attention to a few other items of potential interest from Pasco's School Board action. So now we'd like to share, for those who might care.
• The board approved principals for two new schools that will open next year. Land O'Lakes High principal Monica Ilse will move to Anclote High, effective March 2. And Centennial Elementary principal Jeffrey Scott Mitchell will transfer to Watergrass Elementary, effective March 23. The district now will seek replacements for those two vacancies.
• Pasco now has an official calendar for 2009-10. The first day of classes will be Aug. 24, 2009, and the last day will be June 9, 2010.
• Finally, the administration advised that the Athenian Academy charter school wanted to renew its contract with the district and have the district be its sponsor. It would get rid of the Leona Group, its current management company.
Officials had some concerns, though, because Athenian has faced financial troubles that the Leona Group has backed, and also because the school was requesting its contract renewal about two months behind schedule. Athenian Academy had sought a charter under the Florida Schools of Excellence Commission, which has now been found unconstitutional, prompting its change in tactic.