CCSD school board votes to keep Prestige Preparatory Academy open

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) –

The Charleston County School Board has voted to keep Prestige Preparatory Academy open for the 2018-2019 school year.

The board voted 7-1 Tuesday night to keep the specialized charter school open.

Boardmembers said the academy must also get their attendance numbers up.

“Prestige demonstrated tonight they want to be successful, can be successful, and will be successful,” said CCSD school boardmember Chris Collins.”They needed our support. Tonight the board has voted to support Prestige. This is a step in the right direction.”

Prestige founder and principal Joyce Coleman was in attendance and said she’s ready for the next step for the school.

“We had an opportunity to show what we are doing and have someone listen to our needs and the things we need to make our school successful,” Coleman said.”And they heard us. That was very important.”

The school is an all-boy charter school in North Charleston that has 54 students. CCSD had sent the school a letter about possibly revoking its charter.

The letter included complaints stemming from financial and academic goals.

Coleman said the school has faced obstacles from the beginning.

“We got our charter and had 45 days to open the school,” said Coleman. “Originally, we planned to go with 105 students that we had enrolled and the teaching staff we had of certified teachers. With 45 days before the school year started many students went elsewhere and that left us with trying to gather students at the last minute and trying to create a staff.”

Coleman said those obstacles are still being overcome.

“We had a lot of obstacles standing in our way just to get off to a good start and our scores are not where we want them to be, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t try. Or we’re not still trying,” said Coleman.

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