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Parents scrambling after learning Titusville charter school may have contract canceled

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — About 200 students planning to attend Legacy Charter School in Titusville in the coming school year may have to find another place to get their education.

Brevard County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Desmond Blackburn plans to recommend the district immediately terminate the contract with the school during the school board meeting Tuesday.

The district says Legacy did not meet the inspection and safety requirements set by the state.

“BPS supports the students, staff and proposed curriculum of Legacy Academy Charter, but we must ensure the health, safety and welfare of our students,” Brevard County Public Schools said in a statement.

According to the district, the school is in noncompliance in three areas: It has not received a certificate of occupancy from the city of Titusville; it hasn’t passed state health inspections; and it has not met insurance requirements listed in the lease agreement with its landlord.

One parent, who asked not to be named, told Channel 9 that she was devastated by the news.

“(I’m) sick, really,” she said. “I’ve bought all of the school supplies. I’ve bought the uniforms. I mean, you know, but ultimately I don’t care about the price of anything. I just need to have somewhere for my kid to go.”

School officials planned to open Legacy temporarily at First United Methodist Church before permanently moving into a former Publix location.

“It was very disappointing hearing all of this,” the Legacy parent said. “I have contacted other schools in the area. Unfortunately, everyone else is doing the same thing and a lot of places are already full.”

Brevard County Public Schools said the home public school of the students affected are prepared to assist families.

Legacy’s attorney said school officials plan to have everything in compliance the day before Tuesday's school board meeting.

Len Kiese

Len Kiese

I am extremely excited to call Central Florida home.