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Education: Charter school makes plans for student lottery

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

The provost of Coastal Carolina University and the head of a state association of charter schools will help Coastal Montessori Charter School with its student lottery next week.

The school will open in August in a vacant wing of Waccamaw Middle School at Pawleys Island. It plans to have 120 students in grades one through six.

There were 150 applications for enrollment received by the Dec. 15 deadline. Kristin Bohan, one of the organizers of the school and now its project manager, said she hoped to notify parents this week whether their children were admitted or would be entered in the lottery.

The charter school board expected a lottery in grades one and four. It scheduled the lottery for Jan. 5 at Waccamaw Library.

Robert Sheehan, provost of Coastal Carolina University, and Mary Carmichael, director of the Public Charter School Alliance, will help with the drawing. Bohan said Sheehan's role acknowledges the partnership the school would like to build with the university to train teachers in the Montessori methods.

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