Monday, January 07, 2013

Charter High for Math & Science Occupies Rivers

Finally finished is the Charleston County School District's renovation of the 1938 Rivers High School building. The high school classes of the Charter High for Math & Science have vacated their mobile classrooms without regret. Its 260 middle school students await a brighter day when they too will roam free of trailers.

Meanwhile, CCSD plans to begin its much-touted Lowcountry Tech Academy later this month on the other side of locked doors. Students will be bused in, presumably for part of the day, into three low-tech courses that could be offered in any recently remodeled classroom: networking, keyboarding/computer applications, and graphic communications.

While promising more technologically-advanced classes, CCSD has labored and spent elephantine amounts of tax dollors to bring forth a mouse.

Let's see. Leaving 260 students in trailers and busing 160 in to take courses they could get elsewhere.

Yes. Superintendent McGinley's independent thinkers must still be in charge.


Anonymous said...

It is what it is. At least they are in the Rivers building. That in and of itself is an achievement. At one time, even getting into the building seemed an insurmountable uphill battle. Had they not agreed to share, I seriously doubt the renovations ever would have taken place. It's a step in the right direction.

Clisby said...

Sometimes you just need to let things play out.

There is always the possibility LCT will be upgraded to something worthwhile after this first semester of low-tech classes. That's not the way I'd bet, but it's not impossible.

Or it won't, and CCSD's failure will be out in the open. It's unfortunate that their failures at Burke haven't been quite so public, but maybe this one will get more attention.

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth, I agree with both of the other comments.

Alex Peronneau said...

I'm of the same opinion. Time will tell. With CCSD, its past action is usually a good indication of its future performance. Nothing worse than to assign low expectations at the outset, but that's what CCSD does best. For the sake of the students involved I hope LCT and CCSMS both succeed, or at least the success of one will eventually guide and compliment the other.