Charter school granted conditional approval

Conway, SC - CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - After nearly four hours of presentation and debate, the Horry County School Board granted conditional approval to the "Academy of Hope" to begin operation in Horry County.

The school, which is designed to teach students skills necessary in a global business environment like foreign language and math, would initially have space for 200 students and would grow each year.

District officials said the academy would cost around $1.5 million, which could be difficult as revenues continue to be cut state-wide.

"I hope you'll look at what the impact is on all the kids in Horry County," said District Superintendent Cindy Elsberry before the board made its final decision. "You get to decide, do we want to support this initiative or do you think we're serving kids well enough already with the programs we currently offer?"

As a condition of approval, administrators will need to update plans on student transportation and special education programs before the board meets again in November. The school board has said the academy needs to select a location no later than June 2011.

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