Demolition starts, making way for Polaris Tech Charter School in Ridgeland for August 2018.

Demolition starts, making way for Polaris Tech Charter School in Ridgeland for August 2018.

Demolition of the former Ridgeland Hospital begins this week, clearing the site for construction of the new Polaris Tech Charter School to open in August.

Polaris Tech will open serving up to 240 students in grades 6-10. Online applications are being accepted at 

A formal groundbreaking ceremony is set for Jan. 19. Construction materials already are on order and general contractor Cope Construction has worked with Polaris Tech developer True North on other school projects and is confident of the timeline. 

“Getting the site cleared and prepped for construction is another important step for us,” said retired Air Force Gen. Lloyd “Fig” Newton, a founding member of the Polaris Tech Planning Committee and a Jasper County native. “We’ll celebrate the groundbreaking on January 19 and from then until August it’ll be full steam ahead.” 

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. 

Polaris Tech organizers continue to work closely with local leaders and the S.C. Office of School Facilities. True North Companies, LLC, is the project developer, having led construction of several other charter schools in South Carolina and Georgia. 

Student applications are being accepted at The school will be built on land across from the Ridgeland Airport. Finalists for the school’s Executive Director will be interviewed in coming weeks with parent and community input, and teaching positions will be advertised soon for the 2018-2019 school year. 

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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