Nine apply to give new charter school local oversight
At its first meeting since May, University Prep's governing board took steps Wednesday toward providing local oversight of the new St. Pete charter school
Nine people applied to serve on the local advisory board that will help hire a new principal. Applicants include former Pinellas School Board member Glen Gilzean and voucher nonprofit Step Up For Students president Doug Tuthill. (The full list of applicants is after the jump.)
Before reviewing the nine applications, however, the governing board expressed confusion over how the board would function. It was unclear how many members to appoint, how long members should serve and whether members should hold offices.
The board appointed Tuthill, who spoke at the meeting, to a subcommittee to lay this groundwork. Craig Sher, the only Pinellas representative on the governing board, will also serve on the subcommittee along with University Prep founder and principal Cheri Shannon.
They settled on a few initial details: The local advisory group will have nine members, should form within the next 30 days, and have Tuthill as the interim president. The group should include school staff and parents, Governing Board Chairman Tom Rogers said.
The local board's first big task will involve hiring the school's principal. Shannon unexpectedly became University Prep's principal amid a time-crunch to get the school open. She is supposed to serve only as the executive director of the charter network.
University Preparatory Academies, Inc. is also looking to open schools in Hillsborough, Broward and Palm Beach counties. A campus in Tampa could open as soon as next fall.
The full list of applicants: