Eight community and parent information sessions are set across Jasper County over the next six weeks to share details and how to apply to the Lowcountry’s newest state charter school, Polaris Tech.
The public sessions typically last about an hour and include an overview of the school, what makes it different, and how to apply starting in January.
Polaris Tech is scheduled to open in August 2018 as a free public charter school for up to 250 middle and high school students. As a state charter school, the Polaris Tech Board of Directors will be responsible for meeting state guidelines and accountability measures.
The Polaris academic emphasis will be on six career areas: Aerospace, health science, information technology, logistics, advanced manufacturing, and business management.
“We have had wonderful turnout and participation from parents and young people so far. The meetings in October and early November will set the stage for when we start taking applications online starting in January,” said Dr. William Singleton, a member of the Polaris Tech Committee and longtime Jasper County educator.
Most meetings have Spanish translation, sometimes provided by students. Meetings are set for:
Oct. 10 6:30 PM Coosawhatchie Community Center
Oct. 12 6:30 PM Lovely Hill Baptist Church
Oct. 17 6:30 PM First Euhaw Baptist Church
Oct. 19 6:30 PM Robertville Community Center 2
Oct. 24 6:30 PM Levy/Limehouse Community Center
Oct. 26 6:30 PM Mt. Calvary Baptist Church
Nov. 2 6:30 PM Tarboro Community Center
Nov. 6 6:30 PM Wagon Branch Community Center
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.
Retired Air Force Gen. Lloyd “Fig” Newton, a Jasper native, is one of the founding members of Polaris Tech.
“I strongly encourage anyone with children to learn about what we are offering at Polaris Tech Charter School,” Newton said. “We are focused on the future and on helping each child succeed in a career and-or in college. It’s an exciting time and we’ll be opening up the application process in a few months, so this is an ideal opportunity to learn what we’re all about.”
The school will be located in Ridgeland. The Polaris Tech Committee recently contracted with True North Companies of Roswell, Georgia, to develop the project. The first phase is expected to be about 28,000 square feet on land formerly occupied by the Ridgeland Hospital. Construction is expected to start in a few months and the facility will be ready for school in August, Polaris Tech Charter Committee Chair Sandra Chavez said.
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