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Board weighs new charter school

LAND O’ LAKES — A proposed charter school that would focus on special education students could be headed toward approval by the Pasco County School Board.

The board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on an application from Pepin Academies, which has operated a charter school in Hillsborough County since 1998 and recently added a campus in Riverview.

Superintendent Kurt Browning and his staff have recommended the board approve the application.

Pepin Academies plans to open its Pasco charter school in 2014, but hasn’t identified a location yet, according to school district records.

The school would target special education students who require a full-time therapeutic setting, such as those who are language impaired, are mild-traumatic brain injured, have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or are diagnosed as high functioning on the autism spectrum.

In the first year, Pepin Academies expects to enroll 325 students in third-grade through 10th grade. In 2015, the school would add 11th grade and expects its enrollment to increase to 405. In 2016, 12th grade would be added and the projected enrollment would be 500 students.

Pasco County has seven charter schools. Two more charter schools already are scheduled to open in 2014.

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