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Pasco charter school plans fall apart



Garden Montessori School employees and supporters cheered a year ago when they won a 5-year contract to become a Pasco County charter school.

It's been downhill for the school's effort ever since.

The school canceled its planned fall 2015 opening just days before classes were to begin, unable to complete lease negotiations on a site to serve its expected 280 students. It delayed its debut to fall 2016.

Now that plan is off, too. In a letter to the district, charter school board president Richard Tschantz said the school would not open at all. District officials are awaiting additional formal documentation to terminate the school's contract, which had been kept active although the school was not operational.

"Unfortunately, after exploring many opportunities posed to us, we were unsuccessful in securing a site for new construction, or an existing facility suitable for renovation to accommodate school requirements," Tschantz wrote.

The move does not preclude the group from trying again. But it would have to resubmit its application and go through the approval process again.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 3:33pm]


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