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Pasco County charter school seeks another delay in opening



A charter school group that spent five years seeking access to Pasco County now has no plan to open in 2017.

Pasco Charter Academy, which has ties to Charter Schools USA, won a contract to open in Pasco in 2016 after enduring a School Board denial, a lengthy battle over terms and other disputes. It decided not to open this past fall, lacking a location, and now has asked to delay its starting date for another year.

School district officials have recommended the School Board approve the request, to give the organization time for "adequate facility planning." But they've also advised that time on the five-year contract is ticking away.

"The second planning year does not extend the term of this Contract," superintendent Kurt Browning wrote in his agenda item. "Failure to open the School within two years is good cause for termination of this Charter."

The group already has backed out of Pasco County once, in 2014, when it could not find a school site to its liking. Whether this school ever opens remains to be seen.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 1:40pm]


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