Gainesville Charter School Forced to Close
GAINESVILLE -Sweetwater Branch Academy in Gainesville has closed its doors, after their elementary school received its third consecutive letter grade of an F.
After two consecutive F's, a charter school must petition to the State of Florida to stay open.
The state granted Sweetwater that waiver last year, but Florida law says after a third F, a charter must close its doors.
Their middle school did not receive a failing grade, and could have stay opened.
But the property manager of the building that housed the school said the state funding was not there to pay to rent on the building, since the elementary school had not passed - "[the state] cut their capital outlay funding and for a school the size of Sweetwater that could be the equivalent of $70,000 a year."
The elementary curriculum director of Alachua County says the principal of Sweetwater has since moved to Georgia, hired to run another charter school.
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