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Imagine School at Land O'Lakes renews expansion request



A Pasco County charter school that had its request to increase enrollment by 15 percent pulled from School Board consideration a month ago is now asking the board to approve a 20 percent expansion instead.

Imagine School at Land O'Lakes, which opened in 2008 with 397 students, has proposed a maximum enrollment of 704 students for the coming year and 728 afterward, as part of its request for a 15-year contract renewal.

The K-8 school had a rough time early, starting off in a leased business center and netting mediocre academic results. It began turning things around after a management change, along with a move to a standalone school building across the street from Sunlake High (the lease for which has drawn some scrutiny). The school earned A grades from the state in 2011 and 2012, but has not yet been designated high performing.

The absence of that high performing label prompted superintendent Kurt Browning to question the 15 percent enrollment increase, particularly because the school's contract also was about to expire. His staff is now recommending approval of a lengthy new contract and the higher student numbers.

The district also is supporting a five-year contract for the county's sixth charter school, Florida Autism Center of Excellence. It expects to open with a maximum of 38 students in prekindergarten through fifth grade.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 27, 2013 9:12am]


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