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No word yet on MacDill charter school

Col. Scott V. DeThomas

MacDill Air Force Base

Col. Scott V. DeThomas



And the decision on MacDill Charter Academy is --- we still don’t know.


The Hillsborough County school district staff has been working on recommendations for this year's batch of charter school applications.


These approvals are on the agenda for Tuesday’s School Board meeting:

·        Village of Excellence Academy Middle School

·        Early Career Academy

·        Bridgepoint Academy “North”

·        Flordia High School for Accelerated Learning Hillsborough County Campus, School II

·        Lutz Preparatory Middle School; and

·        Florida Virtual Academy at Hillsborough County .

There is no recommendation for MacDill Charter Academy , just a note that says “Supplemental Materials Pending.”

The MacDill project has received unusual attention from both the local base commander, Col. Scott DeThomas; and Superintendent MaryEllen Elia. Both appeared before the Tampa Bay Times editorial board in November, DeThomas saying the school is needed for military families and Elia countering that the district can meet their needs.

Charter Schools USA would run the school, serving 875 students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

According to a letter from Jenna Hodgens, the district's director of public schools, the district has questions about MacDill Charter Academy's governance structure. The application was submitted by a nonprofit organization called the Florida Charter Education Foundation. It also refers to a separate governing council. Charter Schools USA, a third entity, would work under contract. But, according to Hodgen' letter, there were areas of confusion and contradictions between the charts and the text in the 475-page document. "We believe that additional information and discussion clearly is required," she wrote.

A meeting is planned Friday.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 5:38pm]


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