Two new charter schools approved in Pinellas
Pinellas County school board members on Tuesday gave the go-ahead for two more charter schools, both being created by the leaders of existing charters.
Pinellas Primary Academy, a 314-student school planned for the Largo area, would serve kindergarten through fourth grades starting with 174 students in 2011-12. The school is an offshoot of Pinellas Preparatory Academy in Largo, which has been in operation since 2002 and serves students in grades 4-8.
And Ruldolf Dreikurs Elementary, which is being planned by the same leaders who operate Alfred Adler Elementary in St. Petersburg, would also serve grades kindergarten through fourth grade. Principal Greg DeCosmo said the school, which is built on a small community model, is looking for a location within five minutes of Adler on 38th Avenue. They plan to start with 28 kindergarteners in 2011-12 and enroll 150 in all grades by the fifth year.