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Polaris Tech gets option to buy Ridgeland site for new state charter school

Polaris Tech, a new college- and career-focused state charter school in Jasper County scheduled to open in 13 months, will be located in a 35,000 square-foot facility in Ridgeland, organizers announced today.

The middle and high school will occupy the site of the former Ridgeland Hospital across from the county airport and located near public schools. 

Polaris Tech Charter School Committee has an option to buy the property and is seeking a developer to renovate and build a facility to meet the college and career needs of 200-400 middle and high school students expected in coming years. 

“We are thrilled at this news. It’s a big step for Polaris Tech and Jasper County to have a site near the center of the county,” said retired four-star Air Force General Lloyd “Fig” Newton, a founding member of the Polaris Tech Charter School Committee and Jasper County native. 

“We will be working feverishly to make the necessary renovations and improvements to convert it to a new school for a new approach to learning,” Newton said. 

Polaris Tech is scheduled to open in August 2018 for 210 middle and high school students. As a state charter school, the Polaris Tech Board of Directors will be responsible for meeting state charter guidelines and accountability measures. 

Polaris Tech is a free public school that will focus on preparing young people for successful work and being fully prepared to succeed in college. The Polaris academic emphasis will be on six career areas: Aerospace, health science, information technology, logistics, advanced manufacturing, and business management. 

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