The Tallahassee Classical School (TCS) has responded to a letter from Superintendent Rocky Hanna which alleges that school is in violation of their charter agreement.
The TCS response is provided below.
Hanna wrote in a letter last week that TCS has only four board members rather than the required five. Hanna indicated that this violation is grounds for potential termination of the charter agreement with LCS.
However, in a letter sent by TCS Board Chair Barney Bishop to Hanna, Bishop states that Florida law only requires the school have three governing board members. In addition, Bishop states the TCS bylaws indicate that the governing board shall have between three and eleven board members.
Bishop also noted that LCS’s communication with TCS has not followed the requirements detailed in the charter agreement.
In a previous media report, Leon County Schools Spokesperson Chris Petley said that, “We sent an email back in January to their principal informing them that they have gone below their required number of board members, which is five, Petley said. “And we asked for some correspondence from them in January and we did not receive any.”
However, Bishop points out in his letter that the charter requires that all communication from LCS be sent to the board chair of the governing body, not the principal. Bishop notes he was not made aware of any communications sent from LCS to the former principal of the school.
Bishop concludes his letter with a request to meet with Superintendent Hanna as allowed for under the dispute/resolution language in the Charter agreement between LCS and TCS.
TCS Response to Superintendent Hanna