District Turns Down 1 Charter, OKs Another; Academy for Business and Leadership Education Slated for a St. Augustine

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Byline: lisa miller

Jaded by the recently failed Love to Learn Arts Academy, the St. Johns County School District denied a request this week for a charter school application presented by a former County Commission chairman and two-time school board candidate.

Moses "Coach" Floyd proposed to lead Good Start University, a kindergarten through fifth grade facility in West Augustine. The school centers on parental support to boost student achievement.

District staff said at a Tuesday meeting they had a number of concerns with Floyd's school, including some expenditures that were "omitted or drastically under budgeted," the "risky" location of the school and a curriculum that was "not clearly defined."

Sallyanne Smith, the district's director of special programs, told Floyd, who sat quietly in the audience, she would like to work more with him and better develop the school's plan.

Floyd, a former teacher, was the first black county commissioner elected in St. Johns County. He ran for the school board in 2000 and again in 2004, when he was defeated by Tommy Allen.

Five months ago, Floyd backed the failing Love to Learn Arts Academy at a meeting where the district voted not to renew the school's charter. …