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City approves to take over Cape Coral charter schools during 6-month trial period

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Posted at 8:07 AM, Jun 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-05 14:22:13-04

Monday afternoon, Cape Coral city council approved a six-month trial period to allow the city to take control over the administrative services for Cape Coral Charter Schools.

The four charter schools are public and funded by the state of Florida through the Lee County School Board.

This past year, the school system utilized the city's services and realized there are possible ways to save money.

Projections for the next two fiscal years show shortfalls of about $1.6 million.

For the next six months, the city will review capital areas and see if there are ways to consolidate.

The city will see if there are cheaper ways to save money in particular areas such as facilities, I.T., human resources and fleet.

According to the chairman of the Cape Coral Charter Schools Michael Campbell, he said their goal is to make the school system more affective and sustainable. 

He said that way, they can put more money to use for the students' education and curriculum.

Campbell said the municipal charter school system is often mistaken with the private Cape Coral Charter School, which uses no taxpayer money.

Since the municipal charter schools is funded by the state, taxpayer money goes towards the four public charter schools in Cape Coral.

He said they can't touch taxpayer money if they were to use it to get out of debt, which it is not currently in.

After the trial run, the city will determine whether or not they should permanently step in.