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Education: Charter school cancels lottery

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

The Georgetown County School Board has approved an additional class for the Coastal Montessori Charter School, which means the charter school won't hold a lottery for fourth- and fifth grade students.

The lottery was sheduled for Thurdsay to select students for two grades in the "upper elementary" class at the charter school, scheduled to open in Pawleys Island in August.

The school had 145 applications during its open enrollment period in the fall. It planned to have 120 students in grades one through six. It was able to accommodate first- through third-graders in three "lower elementary" classes, but only planned one upper elementary class with 24 students, eight each from fourth, fifth and sixth grade.

The school received applications for 22 fourth-graders and 14 fifth-graders.

Kristin Bohan, project manager for the charter school, asked the county school board Tuesday to consider allowing Coastal Montessori to add another upper elementary class. She said there is space in the vacant wing at Waccamaw Middle School, which the charter school will use for its first year.

She said afterward she didn't expect the board to take immediate action, but School Board Chairman Jim Dumm asked if anyone objected. No one did, and the motion passed unanimously.

Bohan said she planned to make "a lot of phone calls" to notify parents the lottery won't be held.

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