Hearing officer approves Lutz charter school

A proposed charter school in Lutz has received approval, despite objections from nearby residents, homeowner associations and community organizations. Land use hearing officer James Scarola approved a special use permit for the Tampa Academy of Math and Science, a charter school for up to 870 kindergarteners through eighth-graders. In his April 6 decision, Scarola found that the request … [Read more...]

Competing interests at Sunlake and Lutz Lake Fern

James Scarola is deliberating the future of a parcel at the southwest corner of Lutz Lake Fern Road and Sunlake Boulevard. Applicants for a special use permit want to use a 7.4-acre parcel to become the new home of the Tampa Academy of Math and Science, a charter school specializing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Ruth Gimpel, who owns a horse stable next door, wants … [Read more...]

County approves middle school site for Learning Gate

Learning Gate Community School has received Hillsborough County’s blessing to locate its classes for seventh- and eighth-graders in the former Hand-in-Hand Academy building near downtown Lutz. Land use hearing officer James Scarola approved Learning Gate’s request to use the location at 207 Lutz Lake Fern Road for its middle school-level students. The approval, issued June 29, limits the … [Read more...]