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Polaris Tech seeks Executive Director to help launch new charter school

As architects and engineers finalize construction plans for the new Polaris Tech Charter School in Ridgeland, the steering committee is seeking an Executive Director to lead the school and prepare for the August opening.

“It’s an exciting step to have the Executive Director/Head of School job being advertised at the same time our developer is working on final plans to get the school under construction,” said Sandra Chavez, chair of the Polaris Tech Steering Committee. 

The executive director will be the only employee of the Polaris Tech board and 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. 

“This is our leadership position, and we are seeking a very special person to lead our very special school,” Chavez said. “Polaris Tech will be a different type of school for the Lowcountry and we are excited to show what we can do.” 

The Polaris Tech academic emphasis will be on six career areas: Aerospace, health science, information technology, logistics, advanced manufacturing, and business management. It will serve up to 250 students in grades 6-10 when the school opens in August 2018, and then will add one high school grade each year until it serves the span of middle and high school and offers diplomas. 

While the executive director’s job will be advertised locally, at this early stage it’s posted online at the following sites: 

 SC Charter School Alliance: www.sccharterschools.org/charter-school-jobs 

 SC Association of School Administrators: www.sccharterschools.org/charter-school-jobs 

The full job description is available at the Polaris Tech website, www.polaristech.org . 

“We know that these sites are visited frequently by highly-qualified school leaders, including those with experience in career and technology schools,” said retired Air Force Gen. Lloyd “Fig” Newton, a Jasper County native, member of the steering committee and a founder of Polaris Tech. 

The new state charter school will be built in Ridgeland on the site of the former hospital, near the airport and existing public schools. 

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. 

To keep updated about Polaris Tech Charter School, follow them on Facebook and at www.polaristech.org.