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Now-closed Pinellas West Coast Academy High charter school sued by landlord for unpaid rent



The embattled Pinellas Westcoast Academy High may have closed its doors for good in December, but financial issues still dog the Clearwater charter school.

The school's nonprofit board is being sued by its landlord, Clearwater Collection 15 and Clearwater Plainfield 15, for unpaid rent for November and December. The lawsuit was filed Jan. 24 in Pinellas County circuit court.

The school has rented a 12,000 square-foot space in a Clearwater strip mall next to Bright House field at 21810 U.S. Highway 19 since it opened in 2012 as Newpoint Pinellas High. A feeder middle school, Newpoint Pinellas Academy, shared the same space. That school closed six weeks into the 2016-17 school year.

According to financial statements, the school paid close to $16,000 a month in rent in March 2016.

Pinellas Westcoast Academy struggled to survive after it separated from an indicted management company, Newpoint Education Partners. After the middle school closed, the high school could not keep up with its deteriorating financial condition and dwindling enrollment.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 2, 2017 2:56pm]


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