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Delayed Pasco charter school aims for Oct. 1 move to new site

The Plato Academy Trinity buildings were not ready for the first day of school.
Plato Academy Trinity remained under construction on Aug. 9, just four days before students were supposed to begin classes. Students started in a separate location while awaiting completion of the new building. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Plato Academy Trinity remained under construction on Aug. 9, just four days before students were supposed to begin classes. Students started in a separate location while awaiting completion of the new building. [Jeffrey S. Solochek | Times]
Published Sep. 20, 2018

Plato Academy Trinity has told parents and students it's targeting Oct. 1 to open its new building on Old County Road 54.

It still has several permits to obtain if it wants to meet that latest deadline.

The Pasco County charter school, serving about 250 children in kindergarten through fourth grade, was supposed to have its new site ready in time for the first day of classes more than a month ago.

But problems with the construction company it employed led to delays that left the project far from complete as the school year approached. Parents learned of the situation only when their back to school event was canceled at the last minute.

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The Clearwater-based charter firm's board met soon after, and set in place a "Plan B" that moved classes to a nearby church while the site work continued.

The stated goal at that time was to have the project finished by Sept. 1.

Related coverage: Plato Academy Trinity to start begin classes in alternate site, while waiting for its new building 

Parents have received a handful of pushback dates since. Now they're waiting to see if this latest one will stick, noting the site still looks like a construction zone.

County building department records indicate that the site requires several approvals before it can receive a certificate of occupancy. Those include final engineering and building inspections, plus reviews for the permits on the building slab, roof and insulation; fire sprinkler system, underground fire line and fire alarm; and irrigation system.