FAQ regarding the Termination of the Third-Party Vendor, Superior Schools

What is the relationship between Plato Academy and Superior Schools Corporation: Plato Academy is a group of nine Public Charter Schools run by a non-profit organization (led by the Plato Academy Governing Board), Plato Academy Schools, Corporation with oversight by the local school districts. Superior Schools Corporation is a for Profit organization that has had agreements with Plato Academy Schools to operate Early Learning Programs and Extended Care Programs on Plato Academy Schools campuses.

What steps were taken to address the concerns before termination?
Prior to termination, efforts were made to address and rectify the identified safety and security concerns through dialogue and collaboration with Superior.

What is the History of Plato Academy and its relationship with Superior Schools Corporation: The first charter application was in place for the Clearwater campus in 2004, with Ms. Wilson as the first principal and the Plato Academy Governing Board. Steve Christopoulos took over Plato Academy Schools as principal in 2005 and created Superior Schools Management Company to manage the schools along with the Plato Academy Governing Board. In 2009, Plato Academy Schools officially became the entity with which the Pinellas County School District contracted for the charter agreement for the Clearwater campus. After 2010 the Plato Academy Schools system grew into nine charter schools. In 2019, Plato Academy Schools separated from Superior Schools Management Company, and Plato Academy Schools managed the system of schools with the Plato Academy Governing Board. We have now terminated the remaining agreement for Early Learning and Extended Care programs that Superior Schools maintained after the termination of the management agreement. A full timeline will be provided on our website.

Questions about security concerns at the school the next 6 weeks: Plato will take additional steps beyond those required in our contract with Superior to make sure Superior is following proper security measures.

Questions about PreK and before and after care for this year: Plato has asked Superior to complete their childcare services through the end of this school year.

Questions about PreK for the 24-25 school year: There will be no PreK programs on our campus by any provider next year.

Questions about before and aftercare for next year: Plato Academy intends to provide a structured and extensive before and after care program for our students that will include a suite of academic, enrichment and sports activities led by certified and qualified teachers.

Questions about summer camp: There will be no Superior led summer camp offered for the Summer 2024. Plato Academy will have summer academic programs at some campus locations for those students who qualify for additional academic interventional support. Information will be sent directly to parents of students who qualify. If you have already signed up for Superior Schools summer camps, please contact them for questions.

Questions about refunds for Superior Programs: We will work to help identify programs near our campuses for your child. Please contact the director from Superior for any questions about deposits or payment refunds.

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