Polaris Tech developer finalizes land purchase for new state charter school in Ridgeland

Polaris Tech developer finalizes land purchase for new state charter school in Ridgeland

Polaris Tech Charter School’s facility developer, True North Companies LLC, today finalized purchase of the five and a half-acre property where the new state charter school will be built.

With the purchase complete, permits are being secured to begin demolition of the former hospital building. Once demolition is done and the site is prepped, construction of the approximate 28,000-square foot building will begin. Completion is expected next summer in time for Polaris Tech’s mid-August opening. 

Student applications will be available online in mid-December. Polaris Tech will enroll up to 250 students in grades 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 for the coming school year. It will then add 11th grade in 2019 and 12th grade in 2020. 

“We are happy that the property purchase is done and Polaris Tech is one step closer to rising up to help the young people of Jasper County and the Lowcountry,” said retired Air Force Gen. Lloyd “Fig” Newton, a Jasper native and one of the founders of Polaris Tech. 

True North Companies, based in Roswell, Ga., is familiar with South Carolina’s regulations and permitting requirements for K-12 schools as they are building charter schools across South Carolina. 

Walt Gill, president of True North, said today’s property closing opens the door for more visible improvements to the property. “Step by step, we are going to help Polaris Tech build a charter school that is shaped by what will happen inside the walls to boost student achievement,” he said. 2 

Even as the developer closed on the property, Polaris Tech organizers are seeking an Executive Director to lead the school and prepare for the August opening. Applications for the job are being accepted and details are available at www.polaristech.org. 

The executive director will work closely with the board on matters such as hiring staff, finalizing curriculum, reviewing documents such as student and employee handbooks, and adding input to the school facility construction. 

William Singleton, former superintendent of Jasper County Schools and a founding member of Polaris Tech, said “I am amazed each week at how much progress this school is making. The community and especially the young people of Jasper County are going to find an exciting new place to learn and prepare for their future.”

The Polaris Tech academic emphasis will be on six career areas: Aerospace, health science, information technology, logistics, advanced manufacturing, and business management. Applications start in mid-December and will close March 31, 2018. 

“Every week brings new excitement to this project,” said Sandra Chavez, chair of the Polaris Tech Planning Committee. “To close the purchase on the land at the same time our developer is finalizing design plans, and to be actively advertising for our Executive Director to help us prepare for our August opening, it’s just an amazing time.” 

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. 

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