• St. Augustine Montessori Public School corrective action plan to get out of debt

    By: Beth Rousseau , Action News Jax


    Carolyn Karger’s son is one of more than 120 students at St. Augustine Montessori Public School.

    Karger said she was upset when she learned about the school’s financial struggles.

    “It really would be a great loss for the whole county if we lost this public school,” she said.

    Monday, Superintendent Tim Forson signed a corrective action plan which says the school expenditures were set to exceed their revenues by $167,000.

    “We were spending what we didn’t have,” explained Jason Christley, vice president of the board of trustees.

    He said they’re addressing the issues.

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    According to the plan, that includes reduced rent, community donations, a $60,000 loan and cutting some salaried positions.

    “We did have a couple of teachers leave. Honestly, it was a cross between a little uncertainty here and better opportunities,” he said.

    Christley said they also lost some students before getting back on track with a balanced budget for this and the next two school years.

    Karger said she’s confident the school will be around for years into the future.

    Christley said the school’s corrective plan has been submitted to the state for approval.


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