Emerald Bay Facility May House Newpoint Bay Charter School

Bay Co. School Board Members are also deciding the future of the Emerald Bay Academy facility, although it could be a slightly easier choice. Newpoint Bay Charter School has already submitted a proposal to lease the facility for the next 3 years at a cost of $345,000. School Board Members will decide Wednesday whether to accept the proposal.
Newpoint Bay opened last Fall with 150 9th and 10th grade students. There were already plans to renovate surrounding buildings for when they expand in upcoming years, but this will save that step.
"The Emerald Bay facility would give us enough space to reach our full size when we add 11th and 12th graders. Plus the classrooms are very large and it's a nice facility. There are plenty of outdoor spaces for our students to be able to get outside. They have basketball courts, lots of recreational areas," said Carla Lovett, Newpoint Bay Charter School.

Newpoint Bay Charter School is accepting enrollment applications for next school year. School officials will host an open house March 26 from 6:00-8:00pm. Another open house will take place Tuesday, April 14 from 6:00-8:00 pm. You can contact the school at 215-0770 or log onto their website.

The current facility is located at 700 West 23rd Street, Building H, Panama City, FL 32405.


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  • by Edgar Location: Panama City on Mar 23, 2009 at 09:41 PM
    Shouldn't an attempt be made to get fair market rent for that facility before giving it away for such a paltry sum? Newpoint is offering to pay roughly $2/sf for space that should probably fetch $10/sf at market rates. The 55,000 sf facility should bring the citizens of Bay County $1,650,000 over the course of three years. Instead, Newpoint would like to give us $345,000 and have us subsidize them to the tune of 1.3 million dollars. The per pupil dollars that they receive from the County are meant to cover their facility expenses already. We don't need to give them 1.3 million dollars more from the public coffers when we are closing schools and laying off teachers. Can we really afford this kind of a Boondoggle in light of the current fiscal environment? If that space is truly for rent, and not going to be used for community purposes, the Board should at least attempt to get fair market rent. A competitive leasing process should take place to determine a fair market lease rate.
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