02-26-2013 Special School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #41


Title
Recommend the Renewal of Imagine Schools at West Melbourne Renewal Charter Contract

Discussion

Florida State Statues dictate that the terms and conditions for the operation of a charter school shall be set forth by the Sponsor and the charter school in a written contractual agreement, called a charter.  The purpose of this agenda item is to request the approval of the renewal charter contract for Imagine Schools at West Melbourne, which expired on June 30, 2011.

Summary of Renewal Contract Negotiations with Imagine Schools at West Melbourne

  • The Board approved the recommendation to renew the charter contract for Imagine Schools at West Melbourne on April 26, 2011. 
  • The Imagine charter contract expired on June 30, 2011.  A letter granting the extension of the June 30, 2011 contract was granted to the School to complete contract negotiations.
  • The two parties have been involved in contract negotiations since August 2011.  Harold Bistline, School Board Attorney, has been extensively involved in the contract negotiations, including conferring with the School's attorney.
  • Negotiations curtailed for a period of time when it was suspected that the school would receive its second "F" grade for the 2011-2012 school year.  Imagine provided the District with a letter stating that the school would voluntarily close if it received a "F" grade. 
  • The School received a "D" grade for the 2011-12 school year and contract negotiations resumed.
  • The School's governing board approved the proposed renewal contract on February 14, 2013.



Recommendation
Approve the renewal charter contract for Imagine Charter Schools at West Melbourne.

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 2/26/2013
Consent after Information3/12/2013

Authority for Action
1002.33, F.S.

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds

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Contact

Vicki Mace, Director School Choice

633-1000, 395




Attachment:  Charter Contract-Renewal FINAL.pdf