Bay School Board Nixes Two Charter Schools

It looks like Bay County won't be getting any more charter schools anytime soon.

Bay District School Board members denied applications for two new charter schools Wednesday. The move comes just a few weeks after Tapestry Park Charter Elementary shut down for financial reasons.

But School Board members say the decisions are unrelated to the Tapestry Park Situation.

The proposed Panama City Charter High School has heard it before. The Charter Recommendation Committee and Superintendent James McAllister advised the board to reject the proposal and deny the school a charter.

"The committee denied the recommendation based on the list of criteria they had that you have to meet in order to get a charter."

School Board member Donna Allen agrees that the final proposal did not show the improvement the board requested last time around.

"What they said was the charter was going to focus on doesn’t seem to be happening."

After voting to reject that charter application, the board followed the committee's advice again regarding a proposal for a Tapestry Park Middle School, and that decision was a whole lot easier.

Tapestry Park’s Board of Directors withdrew their proposal after financial problems closed Tapestry Park Elementary several weeks ago.

Tapestry Park's board of directors is still hoping to reopen the elementary school next fall. They've asked the school board to keep the charter "active" but the board says it won't make a decision until the district completes a financial audit.

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