Concrete foundation being poured at Polaris Tech, setting stage for exterior construction in March.

Concrete will be poured in coming days to form the foundation for Polaris Tech Charter School in Ridgeland, SC – with construction and installation of the exterior shell the next step in March.

“The ‘foundation’ of the school was laid several years ago when our group listened to the needs of the Jasper County community and decided to pursue a state charter school that eventually became Polaris Tech,” said retired four-star Air Force General Lloyd “Fig” Newton, a Jasper native and founding member of the project. 

“Once the concrete foundation is set, which is weather dependent, the exterior framework will be erected,” said Tom Draffin of True North Companies, LLC, developer of Polaris Tech Charter School. Once this is complete, the project will move forward on schedule. 

The school is being built on land across from the Ridgeland Airport and will open to students in August 2018. More than 100 people attended the ceremonial groundbreaking in January. The State Public Charter School Board awarded the Polaris Tech charter in May 2017. 

The school is scheduled to open in August to 230-250 students in grades 6-10. Student applications are still being accepted at through March 31. A lottery will be held in April to determine enrollment. 

Polaris Tech is a state-approved charter school to serve middle and high school students from Jasper County and the Lowcountry. It is a free school (no tuition), that will focus on preparing young people for successful 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. 

Highly-qualified teachers are being recruited for Polaris Tech. For more information or to apply, go to the Careers tab at 2 

“We have been thrilled at the response to our school, both from families interested in a new approach to teaching and learning and from teachers who want to be a part of our transformative approach,” said Dr. William Singleton, member of the Polaris Tech Planning Committee and a native of Jasper County. 

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

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