Two charter school applicants seek to enter Pasco County
Two charter school operators seeking to extend their reach in Pasco County will ask the School Board for approval to open new campuses in 2018.
Plato Academy, based in Pinellas County, has applied to open its second school in the county. Planned to serve children in kindergarten through eighth grade, the school proposes to open with 288 students and grow to 728 students within five years.
It would be based on the group's Clearwater academy, one of nine already in operation. Plato Academy's Trinity campus, in its second year, has only about 70 students enrolled as construction of its new permanent building has been delayed.
The group does not have a location selected for its second location.
Miami-based Academica has applied to open one of its Pinecrest schools in the Wesley Chapel area, where most of the district schools have struggled with crowding concerns. District officials said they have received resident requests for a charter school to help ease the burden.
Pinecrest Academy Wesley Chapel also would be a K-8 school. It aims to open with 652 students in its first year, and to grow to 1,200 students by the fifth year.
Pinecrest currently operates 14 schools in Miami-Dade County, Orange County and Clark County, Nev.
District staff have recommended the School Board approve both requests when meeting Tuesday. If accepted, the applicants would then have to negotiate contracts to operate in the county.