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Sale of Southside Fundamental Middle stalled



The sale of Southside Fundamental Middle to a charter school operator has been delayed because of a few “minor” contract issues.

Pinellas school superintendent Mike Grego and a lawyer for the charter operator told the School Board Tuesday that the two sides have agreed on a price and are ready to proceed with a sale.

But the charter operator would like to get a few items specified in the contract rather than in letters from the board’s attorney, David Koperski. For example, the charter operator wants an out if the sale falls through. They are willing to be on the hook for the $10,000 deposit, but not the $1.1 million price.

Grego recommended that the School Board delay approval of the contract until the details are worked out and the charter operator has signed. Board members voted unanimously to delay.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 11:27am]


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