Pasco School Board poised to extend contract of troubled charter school
Over the years, Athenian Academy of Pasco hasn't always had the best relationship with the Pasco County school district.
Back in 2008, it sought to break free of any direct connection to the school districtat all. In 2013, it battled with the Pasco school district over adding student seats at a time its academic performance was sliding.
The school hasn't always found success, either. This summer, it was the only one of seven state-graded charter schools in the county to not earn an A: It received a D, down from a C.
But as district staff noted in the spring, Athenian had no negative financial findings, and it had not fallen into unacceptable ranges in the state's accountability system. So a contract renewal was in order.
Negotiations hit a snag this summer, though, and Athenian asked for more time. Now, the district administration is recommending the School Board extend Athenian's contract another five years.
The deal comes to the School Board later this evening on the consent agenda. Members have not signaled any intent to fight the contract.