Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The Hillsborough County School Board voted unanimously to end the school’s charter contract.
Parents who were hoping for a last-minute save for A.T. Jones Math, Science and Technology Academy are out of luck. The Hillsborough County School Board voted on Monday to end the charter school’s contract. According to Linda Cobbe, Hillsborough County Public Schools spokeswoman, it was a unanimous 5-0 vote with board members April Griffin and Stacy White absent. The school’s namesake, the Rev. Arthur T. Jones, who is pastor of Bible-Based Fellowship Church next door to the school, submitted a letter to the board in advance of the special hearing that addressed some of the ongoing concerns. (See the attached PDF of Jones’ letter.) News of the academy’s pending closing broke over the last few weeks. The school is embroiled in a financial …
Sunday, July 29, 2012
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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Parents must find a new school for their students, according to Hillsborough school officials.
Hillsborough County trucks collected electronics, computers and whiteboards from A.T Jones Academy of Math, Science and Technology on Wednesday after it was determined that no one was running the charter school. Parents hoping to retrieve their children's school records contacted the school district to say the school at 4903 Ehrlich Road was locked, and that people had come out of Bible-Based Fellowship Church on the school's campus to tell them to get off the property, said Linda Cobbe, Hillsborough schools spokeswoman. "We went and retrieved student records, and when we were there, there was evidence that no person was running the school," said Cobbe. "It was considered abandoned. That's taxpayer money." The Carrollwood charter school …
Officials from the Carrollwood charter school at 4903 Ehrlich Road are scheduled to attend a hearing on Monday with Hillsborough school officials.
A week after Hillsborough school officials reported financial mismanagement, suspended teacher's insurance and board members quitting their positions at a Carrollwood charter school, parents received a letter from A.T. Jones Academy of Math, Science and Technology saying the school will not continue operating next year. "We are not able at this time to insure the future financial stability of the Academy for the upcoming school year. As a result, we cannot and will not proceed with a new school year for the Academy in which we cannot insure a continued positive academic experience and satisfaction of future business related programs," wrote Bob Morrison, a member of the charter schools board of directors, in a letter dated July 25. The …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Find out what parents and readers are saying about the possible closure of the Carrollwood academy at 4903 Ehrlich Road.
Last week, we reported that a Carrollwood charter school may face closure amid allegations of a financial deficit, members of its governing board quitting and teachers' insurance being suspended. Hillsborough County officials say a formal hearing on July 30 will decide the fate of the charter school, which is named after the Rev. Arthur T. Jones, pastor of Bible-Based Fellowship Church. Readers and parents of students at the academy have weighed in on whether they think the school should remain open or close. Here are some excerpts of reader comments from last week's story: What do you think should happen to the charter school? Tell us in the comments section.
Friday, July 20, 2012
The charter school at 4903 Ehrlich Road has been recommended to shut its doors by Hillsborough County officials.
A Carrollwood charter school may be forced to close its doors a month before school starts after Hillsborough school officials learned of a financial deficit and allegations that teachers' insurance was suspended after they continued to pay for it. Meanwhile, two members of the six-member governing board for A.T. Jones Math, Science and Technology Academy resigned as of Thursday morning, said Jenna Hodgens, the school district's supervisor of charter schools. It was recommended this spring by MaryEllen Elia, superintendent of schools for Hillsborough county, that the academy close. The school is named after the Rev. Arthur T. Jones, pastor of Bible-Based Fellowship Church, and is located on the same campus as the church on Ehrlich Road. "…