The Plato Academy charter school system, which includes nine schools in the Tampa Bay area, has terminated its contract with the management company Superior Schools.
The announcement came on Friday, according to letters from directors of the Plato Academy, after Plato’s five-member board voted to terminate his contract with Superior.
The letters suggest that the quality of the company’s services has declined since June, when its CEO Steve Christopoulos passed away suddenly at 59 while on vacation with his family.
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Jenny Tsantilas, who took over as the boss after his death, did not return an email and multiple calls for comment on Monday. Calls to the company itself went unanswered.
“Unfortunately, based on Superior’s performance since the death of Superior’s founder… Plato’s Council voted today to immediately end his relationship with Superior,” wrote Plato Clearwater Academy director Adam Beard, in a letter to parents on Friday.
Of the five board members, only Dagmar Ortiz made a brief comment.
“There have been so many breaches of the agreements,” she said. “The agreement was not honored, and there were violations of the agreement.”
Board members Louis Kokkinakos and John Petalas declined to comment, referring a reporter to board chair Elisa Kolettis. Kolettis did not forward calls to his office, home phone, or Plato email address.
Chris Alahouzos, the mayor of Tarpon Springs who sits on the board and was a close friend of Christopoulos, did not respond to two calls for comment. Rick Wolfe, who oversees charter schools for the Pinellas County School District, reported his comments to Plato.
A letter posted on a newsletter website by Plato Pinellas Park director Tonia Cunningham told parents not to worry. Families and students will see “very little or no change,” she said.
“The closure of higher schools only impacts the business management of schools,” Cunningham wrote. “These roles will just be transferred to schools and support staff will be added as needed. “
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Times principal researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Contact Megan Reeves at [email protected] Follow @mareevs.