Pinellas school board round up: health insurance, new attorney, Imagine Charter
The Pinellas County School Board approved Tuesday a proposed health care plan for employees and a contract for a new board attorney. After a lengthy discussion, the board voted 4-3 against a 90-day notice of termination for Imagine Charter School in St. Petersburg.
All of these issues have been covered pretty extensively on the Gradebook. Here's a quick recap: the new health insurance plan, the costs of which still need to be bargained by the unions, will save the district money and provide more options than a previous proposal; the board has hired David Koperski as its new board attorney, following the retirement of Jim Robinson; and superintendent John Stewart recommended that the board initiate closing proceedings against Imagine Schools after repeated academic troubles.
On the last item, the board voted down Stewart's recommendation on a 4-3 vote. Board members Robin Wikle, Carol Cook and Peggy O'Shea voted to initiate proceedings to close the school. The rest of the board agreed to keep the school open.