University Prep, soon-to-be Midtown Academy, has a new principal
Changes are happening fast at the now closed University Preparatory Academy.
The Pinellas County School District is moving to take over the troubled charter school with just weeks until teachers and students report back for school. District officials already have a new name for the school, calling it Midtown Academy, and now they have a new principal.
Portia Slaughter, the assistant principal at Tarpon Springs High School, has been named principal at Midtown Academy, pending School Board approval Tuesday. (Also Tuesday: The School Board will vote on whether to officially open UPrep as a district school.) Slaughter has worked in Pinellas County Schools for 14 years. She was a teacher at John Hopkins Middle for six years and has served as an assistant principal at Safety Harbor Middle, Tyrone Middle and Boca Ciega High.
Slaughter also spent three years working in the Harrisburg School District in Pennsylvania.
She will have two meetings at the campus on Thursday to introduce herself to parents. (See times and address below.)
Slaughter sent this message to parents Wednesday:
"Hello, This is Portia Slaughter, I am so excited to introduce myself to you. Pending school board approval, I will serve as principal of the new Midtown Academy, formerly known as University Preparatory Academy. While I know there are many changes occurring quickly to your child’s school, I want to reassure you that I am confident our school will be successful in this new school year. I look forward to working alongside you. I would like to know your thoughts on the opening of our school. Please join me for a parent meeting on Thursday July 21. We will have two meeting options. One will be at 9 a.m. and the other will be at 5:30 p.m. Please attend at the time that is most convenient for you. Both meetings will be held at the school at 1701 10th St. S. Again, we will have two meeting options tomorrow, 9 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. I look forward to meeting you there. Have a great day."