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New Port Richey private school temporarily homeless

NEW PORT RICHEY — Just three weeks before the first day of school, students and parents of the private Renaissance Academy don't know where classes will take place.

The 6-year-old school, which focuses on arts, sciences and gifted education, moved out of its rented home off Little Road south of Massachusetts Avenue three weeks ago in pursuit of bigger digs. "We had been looking for a new facility for quite some time, and we thought we had found the space," head of school Janine Caffrey explained.

But the new location didn't work out, and now the Renaissance Academy is looking for another home.

Caffrey has a few properties, including the school's original site, in mind. She expects to have a decision by the end of the week.

"We are definitely opening on Aug. 18 as scheduled," she said.

Parents have known about the possible move for a while, said Denise Janes, whose son is a senior at the school. Most had few worries about the situation, even this close to the beginning of classes, she said.

"I'm glad they're staying open and they have plans to expand," Janes said. "The parents and the kids will come through. I've got faith in them."

Renaissance Academy enrolls about 120 students. It is adding preschool and a Chinese language and culture program this year. Caffrey said she hopes the student population will grow to 250.

Jeffrey S. Solochek can be reached at solochek@sptimes.com or (813) 909-4614.

New Port Richey private school temporarily homeless 07/30/08 [Last modified: Thursday, July 31, 2008 6:55pm]
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