Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with USDA

CMCS OFFICIAL RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY OPEN TO PUBLIC
USDA Officials and Special Guests on Hand to Celebrate!

WHEN
Thursday, January 5, 2017
4 – 5 p.m.

WHERE
Coastal Montessori Charter School NEW BUILDING, Grand Hall
111 Old Plantation Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585

AGENDA

  • CMCS STUDENT PERFORMANCE, “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley
  • WELCOME:  Dr. Nathalie Hunt, CMCS Director, event emcee
  • SPEAKER: Dr. H. Randall Dozier, Georgetown County School District Superintendent
  • SPEAKER: Senator Stephen L. Goldfinch, District 34
  • SPEAKER: Beth Stedman, Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce President & CEO
  • SPEAKER: Rob Horvath, CMCS Board of Directors Chairman
  • SPEAKER: Michele J. Cardwell, USDA Acting State Director
  • SPEAKER: Vernita F. Dore, USDA Deputy Under Secretary*
  • WRAP UP & INVITE TO FRONT OF BUILDING FOR RIBBON CUTTING: Dr. Hunt

Members of the business community and business partners who helped to make the construction possible are expected to be in attendance, along with the following additional USDA representatives: Mr. George W. Hicks, Jr., Area Director District IV; and Nickie Tomes, Area Specialist.

What makes this ceremony significant is that charter schools do not receive public funding for facilities.  To construct the new building a capital campaign was conducted and financing secured through a USDA loan, which was used to buy the land and construct the building. At capacity the school will house 264 students in grades 1 – 8.  The 27,000-sq.-ft. building was completed in just over a year (about 14 months) for $6.6 million, which included the cost of the land.  These numbers are impressive when compared to public school district construction projects around the state of SC.  For example, in neighboring Horry County, five schools are currently being constructed with public funding at a cost of approximately $40 million per school.

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