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Action Item
DATE: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
TO: School Board Members
FROM: Jeff Eakins, Superintendent
Approve Contract for Plato Academy Charter School (Chief of Schools)
Charter School legislation, 1002.33 F.S., permits individuals, organizations, and community members the opportunity to submit an application to the School Board for the creation of a charter school. On December 15, 2015, the School Board approved the application for Plato Academy Charter School. The applicant chose to defer the opening of the school until August 2017, which is permitted by statute. The school will serve students in grades K-8 using a traditional curriculum offered in English and Greek with integration of technology and Socratic principles.

A copy of the proposed five-year contract for the school is attached. The original charter application approved by the School Board will become Appendix I of this contract, and will be available for review in the Charter School Office.

In the event of a discrepancy between the contract and the charter application, the terms of the contract will prevail. Plato Academy Charter School has agreed to all terms of the contract, which has been revised to include the most recent revisions to 1002.33, F.S.

A copy of the application review summary is attached indicating where weaknesses are addressed in the contract.
All Strategic Objectives
The charter school’s first year enrollment projection of 162 students will generate approximately $1,141,969 in FEFP (Part I) funds. The school district retains a 5 percent administrative fee for up to and including 250 students ($57,098) of FEFP funds to offset services provided by the district.  The school will also qualify for categorical, capital outlay, and grant funds as appropriate and allowed by Florida statutes.
A contract renewal review will be completed prior to the contract end of June 30, 2022.
SUBMITTED BY:  Jenna Hodgens, General Director, Charter Office
Gretchen Saunders   Dr. Alberto Vázquez
Chief Business Officer
(813) 272-4270
  Chief of Staff
(813) 272-4986
    C 6.01
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20170516_813 (Board Meeting) * Section C Item# 6.01