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Education: Montessori charter starts enrollment for 2012

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

A Montessori charter school that plans to open at Pawleys Island in August 2012 will begin enrolling students next week.

Coastal Montessori Charter School estimates it will have an enrollment of 120 students in grades one through six.

The application period opens Oct. 3 and will run through Dec. 15, said Kristin Bohan, who chairs the charter school board.

Applications should be on the school website on Friday and organizers will begin distributing them around the county next week, Bohan said.

Charter schools receive public funds, but have their own boards. Coastal Montessori will be a school within the county district and get the same per pupil revenue as other district schools.

The school plans to lease space for the first year, and is looking at seven vacant classrooms at Waccamaw Middle School.

“It’s ideal for many reasons,” Bohan said.

But the charter board is also considering another site which would guarantee it two years of occupancy in case the school can’t get its own facility built by the 2013 school year.

“I don’t think that’s going to be an issue for us,” Bohan said, but the board wants to consider all the options.

The school is also advertising for a director. “We’ve had a ton of interest,” Bohan said.

And she has about 50 e-mails from people interested in teaching positions. “That’s been tremendous,” she said.

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