Tampa Bay Academy

SCHOOL BOARD STEPS IN TO OVERSEE HILLSBOROUGH CHARTER SCHOOL; April 6, 2011; St. Petersburg Times (FL) 
TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School Board terminated a Riverview charter school's contract Tuesday after a majority of the school's directors resigned.

District officials said they would step in to oversee Tampa Bay Academy for the rest of the year before deciding what to do with its 63 special-needs students…

The move followed weeks of efforts to stabilize the school, which was founded more than 15 years ago to serve students with emotional and behavioral problems.

In December, a residential treatment center and group homes for youths next to the school were closed, and in January officials say the school's management company abandoned it.

Officials said the Tampa Bay Academy charter school was not directly connected with the neighboring residential treatment facility, which shared its name and supplied many of its students.

But it was a state inquiry into reports of violence and runaways at the treatment facility — as well as the loss of Medicaid funding — that prompted the management company to close it, throwing the charter school into jeopardy.

The charter's four board members stepped in to run the school but quickly became overwhelmed…

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's about time this place closed. The future of the school should have been clear 10 years ago when a bunch of teachers (including myself) all left at the same time to move to the public schools, the education director left to pursue her own consulting firm and they left the school in the hands of a principal who had no training as a teacher but got the job anyway because of her last name! The place was a pit of despair and its closing was as long overdue as the RTC programs.

Linda said...

Anonymous - will you contact me at Lhurtado@wfts.com? tks

Anonymous said...

anonymous
will you contact me at lhurtado@wfts.com or 813-294-8138

tks

Linda Hurtado

Just Sayin said...

Anonymous, Funny that you listed yourself as "anonymous". The principal that you are speaking of had a Master's degree in special education and had been a classroom teacher for 10 years before being promoted. Not sure hat you mean that she never had training as a teacher. That is what she was. That principal worked very hard to climb the ladder there regardless of her last name. The principal was handed a school that lied and manipulated what they needed in an effort to maximize the amount of money that the management company was making. Bonus motivated. The new principal refused to sign off on those types of things. Refused to do things the wrong way. You should learn a little more about your facts before you blast people on here. Funny how the new principal was immediately recruited by the district because of her commitment to doing things ethically. The former principal was not welcome to even attend discussions by the district. There is a right way and a wrong way for schools to operate. It was the former principal that was doing it the wrong way and as a result caused most of the heartache that followed.

Anonymous said...

i went to the school when i was younger. had to totally stop talking and even responding to anyone for 4 months to get out of there. shit was crazy.

Heather D said...

I was in the residential treatment program 1993-1994. I have never in my life been so scared. Girls would cut themselves. A staff member heard me singing in the shower, so that meant I heard voices. So, I got more medication. I would go to class and just sleep. The staff members would take kids down for no reason. Not to mention being cursed at. There are few staff and house mates I have good thoughts about.

jessica lozano said...

I was there too more like a prison and made me more violent and depressed which made me stay there longer no matter if I followed rules and did what was asked they thought I was lying ro get out instead of genuinely getting better so my eating disorder got so bad I was transfered to an eating disorder hospital where I got better eventually ...I have made lifelong friendships with a few and have fond memories of two staff members who genuinely cared ....