Pinellas County School Board limits Plato Academy extension to three years
In a rare move, the Pinellas County School Board declined a request from Plato Academy charter school to extend its charter another five years. The board agreed instead to give the Greek immersion school in Clearwater a three-year renewal.
Questions arose at Tuesday’s School Board meeting regarding Plato’s fifth-grade FCAT scores, and the fact that the school did not appear to have a school improvement plan in place to correct the deficit.
“These are taxpayer dollars going to a public school,” said board member Janet Clark. “I would think with a charter school with a small number of students, we should be seeing more achievement here.”
Board member Carol Cook suggested that the board grant a 3-year renewal instead. The board approved that extension 7-0.
Plato, which opened in Pinellas in 2004, originally had asked for a 15-year renewal. District officials took that request off the table several weeks ago.
Donna Winchester, Pinellas education reporter