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Pinellas to hold a teacher job fair for its (almost) newest school, Midtown Academy



Hours before the Pinellas County School Board is expected to approve its newest school on Tuesday, the school district will host a job fair to hire teachers for the soon-to-be Midtown Academy.

District officials already have a new name and principal for the St. Petersburg charter school formerly known as University Preparatory Academy and now they need teachers. The job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the school district headquarters, 301 Fourth St. SW in Largo.

District spokeswoman Lisa Wolf said the school needs to fill 34 instructional positions, however eight hires are pending. Thirty candidates are expected to attend Tuesday's job fair. 

Those interested in applying must have an active application on file with the district and either hold a valid teaching certificate or a valid Florida Statement of Eligibility. Recent graduates can substitute the second requirement with an official letter from the registrar stating that they have met the requirements for graduation or an official transcript.

Teachers who previously worked at University Prep will have to reapply for their positions. For more information, applicants can contact Midtown Academy’s presumptive principal, Portia Slaughter, at [email protected] 

University Prep closed last week after its board members said they felt the school didn't have any grounds to apply for a waiver from the state Department of Education since the school received its third consecutive F grade.

That sentiment had been brewing since the school held an emergency board meeting earlier this month to discuss the school's options, although parents and teachers overwhelmingly urged the board to try to keep the school open.

To avoid displacing more than 400 students nearly three weeks before school starts, district superintendent Mike Grego at last week's board workshop pitched the idea of taking over the school and running it as a district-run school.

The idea may give board members a sense of déjà vu. University Prep, a kindergarten through eighth grade school, was housed in a renovated building at 1701 10th St. S that was once Southside Fundamental Middle School for three years. The school took in $2.6 million in public funding last year.

[Last modified: Monday, July 25, 2016 4:46pm]


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