issues, staff defections and student withdrawals also jeopardized student
safety this year while keeping key information from the Pinellas school system,
district officials say.
Against the district’s orders and without its knowledge, University
Preparatory Academy hired an unauthorized private bus company to transport
students to and from the school — a decision made worse when one of the
company’s buses crashed in September with more than a dozen of the school’s
students aboard. Three children were injured.