Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Military Schools Seek Merger | School Board Will Consider Proposal at Tuesday Meeting

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Military Schools Seek Merger | School Board Will Consider Proposal at Tuesday Meeting

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CHARTER SCHOOLS

SARASOTA -- A proposal to consolidate Sarasota Military Academy with its middle-school counterpart, Sarasota Military Academy Prep, will face scrutiny Tuesday by the Sarasota County School Board.

Located nine miles apart, the charter school campuses could save money by putting their organizational structures under one roof, according to Natalie Roca, executive director of Sarasota County's Office of Charter Schools.

"It's also less of a hassle when it comes to personnel and school operations," Roca said.

Last year, parents of students at both schools managed to block an effort to name a single principal to lead both academies. No moves on that order are anticipated this time around, and Roca said "everything will still look the same" at both facilities if consolidation goes forward. …

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