Pinellas School Board to vote on slight tweaks to fundamental rules
Got kicked out of a fundamental school? You could have a second chance, according to new policy changes the Pinellas County School Board will consider for a vote at its Tuesday board meeting.
One of the tweaks to the district's magnet program procedures is less punitive for families who lost their spot. Under the proposed change, students will still be able to apply for a fundamental school at the next school level, like middle or high school.
So, if a student loses his or her spot in a fundamental elementary school, that child cannot apply for another fundamental school until middle school rolls around.
Midtown Academy, a Kindergarten through eighth grade school repurposed by the district from the failed University Preparatory Academy charter school, will be on the list of magnet schools parents can apply to in January. Midtown will be an option for families seeking a middle school in south Pinellas County. The school will focus on family engagement and parental involvement.
Proposed changes to the magnet program procedures, student progression policies and district strategic plan can all be viewed here.