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University Prep's governing board to meet Wednesday



The governing board of University Preparatory Academy, Pinellas's newest charter school, is meeting tomorrow. The board is expected to review candidates for a local advisory board of community members.

The meeting is open to the public. Taking place at University Prep, the former site of Southside Fundamental Middle, it's scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.

University Prep has had a rough go since the school year started, using unauthorized buses and losing nearly 20 percent of its student body in opening weeks. Community members who helped garner support and recruit students for UPrep, including Go Davis, said they had been cut out of the school as soon as its charter was approved.

Cheri Shannon, the charter's founder, became the principal amid a time-crunch to get the school open. The local advisory board that was supposed to help choose the principal and deal with a variety of school issues was never created.

University Prep recently opened applications for the local board, and the charter's governing board - which was created to manage a network of schools - plans to review candidates at Wednesday's meeting.

The charter is also considering another location in Tampa.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 2:53pm]


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