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Pinellas Westcoast Academy High will close Friday



Pinellas Westcoast Academy High School, formerly known as Newpoint Pinellas High, will close its doors for good on Friday.

The Clearwater charter school's principal, Ed Erickson, sent a letter to parents Monday explaining that the school could not keep up with its deteriorating financial condition.

"Timing the closing here at the end of the semester is the most beneficial for all stakeholders impacted by this closure," he wrote.

The district's charter school director, Rick Wolfe, said the school's enrollment dwindled to 68 students and a staff of five teachers. He said public high schools will be able to accommodate the students next semester.

The high school, which separated from the troubled Newpoint Education Partners earlier this year, was granted a one-year renewal of its charter and a name change with the district in June.

That contract will be cut short. According to the school's 2016-17 budget, the school has a deficit of $163,219.

The school will hold a board meeting Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at 21810 U.S. Hwy 19 N in Clearwater.

Pinellas Westcoast is the fourth of five Pinellas charter schools formerly managed by Newpoint to close. Newpoint Pinellas Academy, which shared a site with Pinellas Westcoast, closed about six weeks into the school year, and Windsor Preparatory Academy and East Windsor Middle Academy voluntarily terminated their charters over the summer. Enterprise High School, which separated from Newpoint in 2015, remains open. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 12:07am]


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