CCSD tries to clear up confusion about technical high school

Charleston County School Board
Charleston County School Board
Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley
Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Despite talks of moving it elsewhere, the proposed Lowcountry Tech will stay at its original site at Rivers Middle School in downtown Charleston.

Lowcountry Tech hasn't opened its doors yet, but an agenda item about the vocational school reopened wounds of distrust.

The Charleston County School District promised that Lowcountry Tech and the Charleston Math and Science Charter School would share Rivers Middle School on upper King Street. People were fired up about the possibility of moving Lowcountry Tech to Burke High School.

"We attributed that to the desire of the charter school's founders to create a very white public private environment for parents tired of paying private school tuition," NAACP president Dot Scott said at Monday night's school board meeting.

During the meeting, members assured the community that this would not happen. Board chairperson Ruth Jordan says Dr. Nancy McGinley is committed to the original plan.

Jordan said she thinks the confusion may have stemmed from some board members not understanding the superintendent's vision.

"So apparently they didn't know what the plans were and instead of asking, they in turn put it on the agenda causing a complete meltdown," Jordan said.

"I know we can find a solution for Lowcountry Tech at Rivers that will meet the needs of our downtown students, respect the groundwork laid by the community and accommodate charter school's needs," said Superintendent McGinley.

The proposed Lowcountry Tech will probably not open for another year or more at Rivers Middle.

"We know that tech education and choice is very important and we wanted to expand that," Jordan said.

McGinley says the school site has to be upgraded first.

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