Board to consider charging Putnam EDGE rent

School district documents indicate charter school could get the boot in a year

Putnam County School District board members on Tuesday will be asked to approve a notice for Putnam EDGE charter high school to vacate the C.L. Overturf Jr. Sixth Grade Center campus. 

“As you know, Principal (Mike) Tucker and his staff have plans to utilize that space,” a March 27 memo to board members from Superintendent Rick Surrency said. 

EDGE has spent four years on the campus of the sixth grade center on Moseley Avenue in Palatka, despite plans for the school to eventually expand and move into its own building. 

Last year, the EDGE school board returned the deed for its College Road property to Ameris Bank in lieu of foreclosure while facing a “deteriorating financial condition,” as defined by the state Department of Education. 

Since implementing a financial corrective action plan last year, EDGE’s most recent audit showed the school is no longer facing a deteriorating financial condition. 

But EDGE Director Lisa Parsons said the school would need another year in the same space to fully regain financial stability. 

Parsons said Thursday she was unaware of the superintendent’s memo asking the district school board to approve a notice for EDGE to vacate the district-owned campus.   

Parsons said she was also unaware the school board on Tuesday would be asked to consider a new rental agreement for the school.

According to a March 29 memo from associate superintendent Thomas Bolling to Surrency, “If the board approves notice to vacate, (EDGE) will have one year and this new rental rate would take effect July 1.”

According to the memo, research shows the current local rental rate ranges from $2.60 to $8 per square foot. Bolling said EDGE occupies 9,359 square feet on the sixth grade center campus.

The memo did not say if rent would be charged monthly or annually.  

The district board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at 200 Reid St. in Palatka, following an energy management workshop, also open to the public, at 2 p.m.

Palatka Daily News

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