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Education: Charter school director will step down

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

The director of the Coastal Montessori Charter School announced Friday he will step down at the end of the year. The announcement followed a meeting this week with the charter school board that was conducting a performance review.

Rob Horvath, the board chairman, said he was surprised by Lonnie Yancsurak’s decision, which he learned of earlier in the week. “It sounds like it wasn’t a good fit,” Horvath said. “He has a lot on his plate.”

He said the board was pleased with Yancsurak’s work.

Yancsurak’s wife, Shannan, gave birth to their third child, a daughter, over the Christmas break. He is also working on his doctoral dissertation.

“I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished together in such a short time, but after much consideration, I have decided that the time is right for me to pursue other endeavors,” Yancsurak said in a message to staff and parents.

An Ohio native, he moved to the area from Los Angeles, where he had been a teacher and charter school principal. Coastal Montessori was his second start-up. It opened in August. Yancsurak had a career in business before entering education.

“I appreciate him telling us now,” Horvath said. “He’s not just walking away.”

Charter schools receive public funds, but have their own boards and are exempt from some state regulations. Coastal Montessori is part of the Georgetown County School District. The county school board is scheduled to receive an update on the charter school when it meets next week.

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