Construction underway at Polaris Tech as steel beams rise up at new charter school.

Construction underway at Polaris Tech as steel beams rise up at new charter school.

Construction underway at Polaris Tech as steel beams rise up at new charter school.

Construction work at Polaris Tech in Ridgeland, SC took a huge leap forward in recent days as crews erected the steel support beams for the 28,000 square-foot facility set to open in August.

Later this month, the school's outer shell will be installed along with the roof, enabling crews to begin work creating unique learning spaces inside the facility opening in August for grades 6-10.

"To see the steel going up seems to make it all a little more real," said retired four-star Air Force General Lloyd "Fig" Newton, a Jasper native and founding member of Polaris Tech. "We've had such an amazing outpouring of support from across the community, and now to see the building rising up from the ground is pretty amazing."

The construction news comes the same week Polaris Tech conducted its first lottery for student enrollment. Tuesday evening, April 3, the school conducted its first enrollment lottery. Families have until April 20 to accept their enrollment offer- after that point, anyone who hasn't accepted will be taken off the list to make room for students on the Wait List.

Dr. Melissa Crosby will be executive director at Polaris Tech, serving as the school's first administrative leader. Most recently principal at Colleton County High and Cougar New Tech, she brings essential talent in career and technology education, along with a passion for helping students succeed.

Teachers are being recruited, interviewed and hired this month. The Polaris Tech Planning Committee continues to finalize arrangements for technology, furnishings for the school, and other support services for the school. 

"This is a hands-on committee where we all help carry the load," said Sandra Chavez, chair of the Polaris Tech Planning Committee. "It's been an amazing journey so far, and we have an amazing amount of work still to complete before we open for students." 

Polaris Tech is a state-approved charter school to ser e middle and high school students from Jasper County and the Lowcountry. It is a free school (no ruition), that will focus on preparing young people for successfol work and college.

The Polaris Tech academic emphasis will be on six career areas: Aerospace, Health Science, Information Technology, Logistics, Advanced Manufacturing, and Business Management. Polaris Tech will ser e srudents in grades 6-10 for the school year starting in August, then add 11th grade the following year and, in 2020-21, will graduate its first senior class.

The school is being built on land across from the Ridgeland Airport and will open to students in mid-August 2018.

To keep updated about Polaris Tech Charter School, follow them on Facebook and at www.polaristech.org. For specific questions, email info@polaristech.org or call 843-645-0605.