Governance

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Introducing the Board of Directors at Plato Academy Schools

Guiding Excellence in Education

Our Board of Directors comprises individuals who share a common vision: to provide exceptional educational opportunities and empower students to reach their full potential. Their guidance and leadership ensure that Plato Academy Schools remain at the forefront of educational excellence.

At Plato Academy Schools, we are grateful for the dedication and expertise of our Board of Directors. Their commitment to educational excellence inspires us all and drives us toward a future of continued success and innovation.

Want to be a board member? See if we are taking applications!

Governing Board

Louis Kokkinakos

Chairman

Board - Elias Louis Kokkinakos

Louis Kokkinakos is a local businessman with extensive involvement in philanthropic societies and organizations. In fact, he is President of the Foodservice Restaurant Partners Group and he has served as President of the St. Stefanos Greek Orthodox Church in St. Petersburg.

He is a strong advocate of the Plato Academy Schools and believes in an active Board dedicated to the Schools’ continued success.

Email: lkokkinakos@platoacademy.net

John Petalas

Vice Chairman

John Petalas is a successful entrepreneur in various business fields, especially in catering and restaurant management. In fact, he is owner of the Seminole Subs restaurants. Additionally, he is strongly involved in the community and has expertise in fundraising. 

As for his interest in Plato Academy, John’s son attended Plato Academy and he still remains very committed to ensuring that the Schools continue to provide a first-rate education.

Email: jpetalas@platoacademy.net

Yale Walker

Treasurer

Mr. Walker attended Eckerd College, where he studied International Business, and is the founder and owner of Walker Wealth Management. He was in the Leadership St. Pete class of 2021, one of the oldest leadership programs in America, and is a part of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Walker is committed to the growth of the St. Petersburg area and making an equitable difference in the community, and is the proud father of two Plato Academy St. Petersburg students.

Email: walkery@platoacademy.net

George Antonaklas

Secretary

Mr. Antonaklas is a retired law enforcement officer who graduated from the Cleveland Heights Police Academy. Additionally, he is a successful entrepreneur in the hospitality industry, and a licensed Florida real estate agent and the proud owner of George Antonaklas LLC.

Mr. Antonaklas is strongly involved in the community, is a Plato Academy Seminole parent, and has a passion to ensure that Plato Academy Schools continue to provide a first-rate education for all students.

Email: antonaklasg@platoacademy.net

Policies & Information

Equity & Non-Discrimination

Plato Academy Schools do NOT discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex/gender, religion, national origin, marital status, disability or age in their educational programs, services or activities, or in their hiring and employment practices.

Contact

Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding discrimination or harassment may be sent to:

Danielle Cicetti
Senior Director
(727) 205-6360

Grievance

Step 1

If a parent/guardian wishes to request an appeal to a referral or has a concern with a school-wide policy or process, or an unresolved issue with a teacher or staff member, the parent/guardian must submit such a request in writing to the Assistant Principal or Principal within four (4) calendar days of the issuance of the referral, or within (4) calendar days of a specific incident in question. Failure to make a written appeal will forfeit the parent/guardians’ right to any further appeal hearing. Upon receipt of the request, the Assistant Principal or Principal shall acknowledge the concern in writing within 48 hours.  If the issue is specific to an issued student referral, the Assistant Principal or Principal may decide to overturn the referral or refer the appeal to the staff behavior team.

Step 2

If resolution is not possible after following the process above, parents should contact the Chief of Academics and provide details of the grievance in writing. Chief of Academics will acknowledge the grievance in writing within 48 hours and provide details of the process.

Chief of Academics: Danielle Cicetti – cicettid@platoacademy.net

Step 3

If resolution is not possible after following the process above, parents should contact the Chief of Schools and provide details of the grievance. in writing. Chief of Schools will acknowledge the grievance in writing within 48 hours and provide details of the process.

Step 4

If the matter is still unresolved after following all the steps above, the parent may contact the Plato Academy Chairman of the Board of Directors via email.

Step 5

If the Parent exhausts the Grievance Policy and submits the appeal to The Board of Directors, The Board of Directors will only consider whether procedures were followed and will not address questions or concerns regarding the appropriateness of a consequence.

 

Parents are advised to consider that all meetings of the Board of Directors are considered public meetings, and as such, any information shared with the Board is a matter of public record.

Out of Field Teachers

What is an out of field teacher?

An out-of-field teacher is a teacher that is qualified to teach, but holds certification in a different area than they are teaching.

Plato Academy Out of Field Teachers

Notices

2023 - 2024 School Year Board Meetings

DATE

May 23, 2024

TYPE

Regular Board Meeting

TIME

2:00 PM

Location

Home Office, Tampa, Trinity

2019 - 2020 School Year Board Meetings

June 11, 2020 10am Regular Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

May 1, 2020 @1pm Regular Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

March 13, 2020 @1pm Regular Meeting
Locations: Tampa Campus

March 5, 2020 @1pm Special Meeting (Approval of Best & Brightest Funds Allocation)
Locations: Clearwater Campus

February 24, 2020 @1pm Shade Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

February 12, 2020 @1pm Special Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

January 22, 2020 @1pm Special Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

January 10, 2020 @1pm 
Locations: Trinity & Clearwater Campus

December 5, 2019 @12:30pm Workshop
Locations: Clearwater Campus

November 21, 2019 @12:30pm
Locations: Clearwater Campus

November 8, 2019 @12:30pm Emergency Meeting followed by Shade Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

October 16, 2019 @12:30pm Emergency Shade Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

October 4, 2019 @12:30pm
Locations: Clearwater Campus

September 10, 2019 @12:30pm Shade Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

August 23, 2019 @12:30pm
Locations: Tampa & Clearwater Campus

July 31, 2019 @12:30 Shade Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

July 19, 2019 @12pm
Locations: Trinity & Clearwater Campus

2020 - 2021 School Year Board Meetings

June 25, 2021 @1pm Regular & Shade Meeting
Locations: Trinity & Clearwater Campus

May 21, 2021 @1pm Special Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

May 14, 2021 @1pm Regular Meeting
Locations: Tampa & Clearwater Campus

April 23, 2021 @1pm Special Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

March 23, 2021 @1pm Special Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

March 12, 2021 @9:30am Special Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

March 5, 2021 @1:00pm Special Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

February 19, 2021 @1pm Special Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

February 12, 2021 @1pm Regular Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

January 8, 2021 @1pm Special Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

December 4, 2020 @1pm Special Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

November 19, 2020 @1pm Special Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

November 13, 2020 @1pm Regular & Shade Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

October 9, 2020 1pm Regular Meeting
Locations: Tampa Campus

September 25, 2020 12pm Special Meeting
Locations: Teleconference

September 11, 2020 12pm Special Meeting
Locations: Teleconference

August 31, 2020 12pm Special Meeting
Locations: Teleconference

August 14, 2020 12pm Regular Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus & Teleconference

July 2, 2020 2:30pm Regular Meeting
Locations: Trinity Campus

2021-2022 School Year Board Meetings

June 28, 2022 @10am Special Board Meeting
Locations: Home Office

May 6, 2022 @2:30pm Regular Board Meeting
Locations: Trinity & Clearwater Campus

April 13, 2022 @2pm Special Board Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

February 10, 2022 @2pm Regular Board Meeting
Locations: Tampa, Trinity, & Clearwater Campus

December 11, 2021 @1pm Special Board & Shade Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

November 24, 2021 @9am Special Meeting
Locations: Tampa & Clearwater Campus

October 1, 2021 @2pm Annual Meeting
Locations: Tampa & Clearwater Campus

August 31, 2021 @4:30pm Special Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

July 9, 2021 @2pm Special Meeting
Locations: Clearwater Campus

2022 - 2023 School Year Board Meetings

June 2, 2023 @3pm Annual Board Meeting 
Locations: Clearwater, Tampa, & Trinity Campus          

April 25, 2023 @1pm Special Board Meeting
Teleconference

April 12, 2023 @1pm Special Shade Only Board Meeting
Locations: Home Office & Teleconference

March 22, 2023 @2pm Regular Board Meeting
Locations: Clearwater, Tampa, & Trinity Campus

March 9, 2023 @2pm Special Board Meeting
Teleconference

January 12, 2023 @2pm Special Board Meeting
Locations: Clearwater, Tampa, & Trinity Campus

November 3, 2022 @3pm Special Board Meeting
Locations: Home Office

October 27, 2022 @2pm Special Board Meeting
Locations: Home Office

October 14, 2022 @8am Emergency Board Meeting
Locations: Home Office

September 15, 2022 @12:30 Workshop & @2pm Annual Meeting
Locations: Clearwater, Tampa, & Trinity Campus

September 1, 2022 @2pm Special Board Meeting
Locations: Home Office & Teleconference

August 25, 2022 @2pm Special Board Meeting
Locations: Home Office

July 28, 2022 @2pm Regular Board Meeting
Locations: Clearwater, Tampa, & Trinity Campus

July 12, 2022 @1pm Special Board Meeting
Locations: Home Office

2023 - 2024 School Year Board Meetings

July 13, 2023 @ 3pm Special Board Meeting
Teleconference

August 3, 2023 Special Board Meeting @ 4:30pm
Teleconference

October 5, 2023 @2pm Regular Board Meeting
Locations: Clearwater, Tampa, Trinity

December 14, 2023 @2pm Regular Board Meeting
Locations: Clearwater, Tampa, Trinity

February 2, 2024 @2pm Regular and Shade Board Meeting
Locations: Clearwater, Tampa, Trinity

 

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