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Pasco Tribune

Pasco school lost charter because of grades

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LAND O’ LAKES — Athenian Academy of Pasco, which lost its high-performing charter school status this year because of low grades from the state, now has a new three-year contract with the Pasco school district.

The agreement replaces a 15-year contract that the New Port Richey school held when its academic performance earned it the high-performing designation.

The Pasco County School Board unanimously approved the new contract last week.

Athenian Academy negotiated the 15-year contract with the district in 2011. Under state law, charter schools with top-notch academic performances can receive such lengthy contracts.

But school board attorney Dennis Alfonso told the board Tuesday evening that when a charter school’s grade is a C or lower in any two years, the contract can be modified by the school district.

Athenian Academy received a D from the state Department of Education for the 2012-13 school year and a C the year before.

The current school year is considered the first year of the new contract, Alfonso said.

In addition to negotiating the new contract, the school had to submit a state-mandated improvement plan outlining how it plans to raise student achievement. The 23-page plan was submitted to the school board last month.

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