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Some Pinellas schools still wanting to go fundamental



Here's one for the better-late-than-never file: The Gradebook recently learned that one Pinellas elementary school applied last fall to be a fundamental school, and that a second received an application in the past few weeks.

The former is Plumb Elementary, which was essentially told its timing wasn't good. The latter is Walsingham Elementary.

Plumb's application is attached below. And here's the text of an email that associate superintendent Bill Lawrence sent to Plumb principal Seymour Brown in October, explaining why the school board wouldn't be considering his school's bid:

Mr. Brown,
I wanted to follow up on the application submitted by Plumb Elementary to convert to a district wide application program as a fundamental school received in the Office of Advanced Studies and Academic Excellence and dated October 6, 2011.
At the present time the School Board is considering revisions to the Policy governing district application programs for the 2012-13 school year.  That Policy has already been approved at first reading on September 27, 2011 and will be on the agenda for final approval on November 8, 2011.  Typically, applications for new district application programs need to be submitted well in advance of the first reading of these Policy revisions.  At this time, the application is not under consideration by the School Board for the 2012-13 school year.
My staff and I have reviewed the application along with supporting research from the Student Assignment Office and shared our analysis with the Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent.  The application could be resubmitted for consideration for 2013-14 school year.  I would advise that if the application is resubmitted that the potential impacts of converting a school to a district wide fundamental without a zoned population be fully considered and addressed in that application.
I have contacted Mrs. Shelly Gilbert by phone in this regard as her name and number accompanied the application.  I will rely on you to share this information with your SAC chair who signed the application and of course your faculty and larger school community.
William Lawrence
Associate Superintendent
Curriculum and Instruction

[Last modified: Monday, February 6, 2012 9:29pm]


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