Parents/staff fight to keep Bradenton Charter School open

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Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 5:09 pm | Updated: 1:11 pm, Wed Apr 10, 2013.

BRADENTON - Parents and staff members of a Manatee County charter school are fighting to keep it open.

The school board plans to close Bradenton Charter School at the end of the school year. The charter school is in its 13th year of existence and serves children in grades 3 through 8.

The district claims the school did not live up to the requirements of its charter. That’s something the school's principal denies.

"It's sad, it's very sad and I'd like to see this school open. If the district has a problem with the leadership, that can be changed. All things are on the table. All I know is that I'd like to see this school work with these children. I'd like to see these teachers continue to have an opportunity to work with these children," says Principal Richard Donnelly.

Parents and students spoke at last night's school board meeting in support of the school.

The school district refuses to comment on whether or not it will reconsider removing its charter.


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  • Michelle posted at 12:44 pm on Thu, Apr 11, 2013.

    Michelle Posts: 2

    My son attends Bradenton charter school , the staff has always been helpful to me and my children and thier needs are and were met my 17 year old also went to this school. Both of my children came from a large public school and were picked on and failing . Now because of bradenton charter school my daughter is a strong young lady, that is a published writer because her 8th grade teacher told her a story about a book he wrote about his cat. My son has ADHD and sensory issuses and has came out of his shell. Both kids are AB students and work hard ,my son scord a 4 on fcat reading ... And now the board wants to take this away from us.. Im upset ! I have called the school board and have gotten nothing from them Nothing ! My Son should be heard and so should the other children . They arnt just another face in the crowd at this school they have names and Mr. Donnelly and his team know there Names! :)

  • Betty posted at 9:05 am on Thu, Apr 11, 2013.

    Betty Posts: 2

    My kid has math homework Mon. thr Thur. every week. They also read every night for a book test on Friday. They take notes on this. My kid is also just finishing up a research project for science class -- they really enjoyed doing it. If we need it there is after school tutoring or extra help from the teachers. Sheena, are we talking about the same school?
    Who would leave their 'loved one' at a school for two years that they hated. Our child was so unhappy at their last district school we decided to try something new. We were so happy when we found Bradenton Charter. It really cares about the children and works hard to keep the kids safe and egos up. [smile]

  • kelmeister93 posted at 5:46 pm on Wed, Apr 10, 2013.

    kelmeister93 Posts: 1

    My son does attend this school and it's his second there. I can say he does get homework every day except Friday. He originally started middle school at Sugg and hated it. I've talked to his teachers and they know my son beyond just his name. I'm saddened by the idea of the school closing because I don't know where he will go next year. This is a great school and it will be a tragedy for the community to lose it.

  • Richard Donnelly posted at 9:56 am on Wed, Apr 10, 2013.

    Richard Donnelly Posts: 1

    I don't usually post comments, but feel that in this case I should. It is a myth that children don't get homework, they do. The teachers do limit the amount of homework, but they have reading, research, math etc., and if someone is ill, they have to make the work up. The students are not allowed to be identified or filmed. This would require prior authorization from a parent. I don't know who Shannon Lee is, but she has her facts wrong. It might be interesting for the public to know that the school did not contact the channel 7, a parent did. This effort is entirely grassroots. As the school's principal, I have done my best to keep parents informed about the school's closing. This is not an ego trip for the administration, it is about the many wonderful children and their parents. We have a really happy school with hardworking students and faculty. Perhaps a former student or parent wrote the comment, but she clearly doesn't know the school.

  • shannon lee posted at 8:21 pm on Tue, Apr 9, 2013.

    shannon lee Posts: 1

    [thumbdown] This school is a joke. I can say that from experience. I have a loved one who attends that school and the staff and teachers are rude and barely teach the children. She has been there for 2 years- and has never been given homework until recently to try to get the fcat grades up. She asks for help and they tell her she should understand it by now. There is a teacher there who is verbally abusive and who throws books, and pounds his fists on childrens desks while screaming at them... There are alot of issues with this school. In fact - the student told me today that the school wanted the kids to go on camera and say something nice about the school to try to save it and they refused because they hate that school. So they changed their minds about having them go on camera.... If the kids don't even want to attend that should tell you something.


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