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Charter school faces uncertain future

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A Hillsborough County charter school appears to be on the verge of shutting down.

A.T. Jones Academy, off Ehrlich Road in North Tampa, has been operating for two years.

Next Monday, Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent Mary Ellen Elia plans to recommend revoking the charter school's contract, permanently shutting them down.

The school has been on the Hillsborough County School District's radar for months now.

"We've had a couple of problems with financial matters, state law requires they send the district monthly financial records. We had trouble getting them on time and in complete order," said Linda Cobbe, with Hillsborough Schools.

Cobbe said the school has appeared to be dissolving over the last few weeks.

"They only have two board members left and it looks like they don't have any staff," she said.

The Hillsborough School Board oversees charter schools in their county. The schools have their own board, but must abide by financial, academic and health standards, by law.

Students at the Jones Academy are now on waiting lists for other charter schools, or have applied to private schools. Parents say they are not happy with the situation.

"There aren't really that many options, there are other charter schools but what was offered at A.T Jones, it's going to be hard, it's going to be hard for another school to fill those shoes," said Mirna Nieves, who had two children attending the Jones Academy.

She and other parents have fewer than four weeks to find another school.

The meeting to decide the school's fate is set for 1 p.m. Monday at the Hillsborough School Board building on Kennedy Boulevard.

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