Newpoint Tampa High School in Brandon loses charter
TAMPA - A charter school that serves high school students in eastern Hillsborough County is closing its doors after its contract was not renewed. Newpoint Tampa High School, 2584 State Road 60 E., Valrico, will not reopen next school year, Hillsborough County school district officials said. Superintendent MaryEllen Elia was seeking to revoke the school’s charter, and school officials decided not to fight that move. The school has seen dwindling attendance and revenue in the last few years. The school also had issues related to board meetings not being held in a public or appropriate manner, the school district said.“The school’s disregard to providing proper public notice of board meetings, changing board meeting dates and times without proper notification, and holding meetings at a time and place not convenient to the public does not meet this statutory requirement,” a letter from Elia to Chris Bartholet, board president, reads. School officials did not return telephone calls or emails seeking comment. The school’s website lists 12 staff members. Bartholet wrote in a letter to Elia that the school had implemented “significant cost-cutting measures and multiple marketing initiatives which lead us to believe that over the next several years we could improve our enrollment to a point where the school would be financially viable.” But, he said, the school would be in a negative asset position during the 2013-14 school year.