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Three applicants seek to open new charter schools in Pasco County

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August

The number of new charter school applications continued to shrink in Pasco County since peaking with 11 two years ago.

Just three applicants met the Aug. 1 deadline to seek permission to open in the 2014-15 school year. They are:

- Pepin Academies, based in Tampa, to serve children with disabilities in third through twelfth grades. The school aims to open with as many as 325 students, and then to expand.

- Learning Lodge Academy, proposed by a local group, to serve at-risk Title I students in the New Port Richey area. The school plans to open with as many as 252 students.

- Kiddy Up Ranch, based in New Port Richey, to serve children with mild intellectual disabilities. Instruction will include animals, including therapeutic horseback riding. Projected to open with 40-60 students.

The district has 60 days to evaluate the proposals and vote on them, unless the sides agree to an extension. Currently, Pasco has five charter schools in operation, a virtual charter that is to start up this month and a classical prep charter that is approved but has delayed its debut.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 3:59pm]

    

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