Sunday, February 25, 2018
Education

Decision delayed on St. Petersburg charter school's fate

It's a question of survival for Imagine St. Petersburg, but one whose answer will have to wait another month.

The Pinellas County school board was scheduled to vote on whether to close the charter school's elementary grades at its Tuesday meeting. But Superintendent Michael Grego said that he agreed to delay the vote until February at the request of Imagine administrators.

"They just wanted some more time to produce what they say is student information, data — it's more or less a courtesy," Grego told the Tampa Bay Times after the meeting. "It's not going to deter the process of nonrenewal."

Principal Carolyn Wilson did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

The district took initial steps toward closing Imagine's elementary grades in December. The school received an "F" grade from the state and performs lower on standardized tests than neighboring traditional schools.

Wilson and other Imagine administrators, however, say they have taken steps to improve Imagine by offering mental health services to students and conducting home visits, among other measures.

Times staff

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