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2023-2024 Board Elections Held

By |April 30th, 2023|Categories: General, Press Release|Tags: , , , , |

RELEASE DATE: April 27, 2023 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE On April 27, 2023, the PACE Academy Board of Directors unanimously voted to accept the election results as presented by Board Chair Stephen James. Please welcome our newest board members:  Catherine Dorsch, Christina Harris, Jessica Albrecht, Alase Washington, Amilcar Lopez and Stanley Nash.  Continuing in there positions, Jessica Becerra, Beckye Barnes and Katrina Mack-Snider. We would like to offer a special thanks to Stephen James, Jonathan Pace, Dr. John Thompson, Sally Thornton, Sara Jane Arnett and Nichole Arnott for their dedication and hardwork over the last couple school years. The [...]

Temporary Virtual Learning

By |September 2nd, 2021|Categories: Press Release|Tags: , , |

RELEASE DATE: September 2, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Parents & Guardians – After speaking with SC DHEC officials, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to switch to a temporary virtual learning platform from Friday, September 3, 2021, through Friday, September 10, 2021. While our percentage positive is still low, our percentage of quarantined for close contact has risen significantly. Number of Positive Students: 7 (3% of student body) Number of Students Quarantined for Close Contact: 37 (20% of student body) Number of Positive Staff: 1 (3% of staff) Number of Staff Quarantined for Close Contact: 11 [...]

Building Selected

By |August 25th, 2020|Categories: Press Release|Tags: , , , , , |

RELEASE DATE: August 25, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Building Contract Columbia, South Carolina – After a thorough search over an eight-month period, the founding board members of PACE Academy have finally found what they hope becomes their forever home. “The location of PACE sits perfectly in the city to serve the needs of all children who do not always have access to unique programs such as what PACE offers,” Jodi Zeis, vice chairperson, said. “It is also easily accessible to multiple major highways, allowing accessibility for children from multiple Midlands locations, as well as surrounding areas outside the [...]

P&I Subgrant Awarded

By |July 25th, 2020|Categories: Press Release|Tags: , , |

RELEASE DATE: July 21, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Subgrant Award Columbia, South Carolina – On July 15, 2020, the founding board of Palmetto Achievement Center for Excellence (PACE) Academy received notification that they were awarded the highly competitive Public Charter School Program (CSP) Planning and Implementation (P&I) Subgrant. The purpose of the subgrant is to empower groups to design and implement innovative learning experiences for students in South Carolina. PACE Academy applied for a targeted subgrant for at-risk students with the specific purpose of closing the achievement gap for students with dyslexia and other reading struggles. The total [...]

Executive Director has been selected!

By |May 26th, 2020|Categories: Press Release|Tags: , , , , , |

RELEASE DATE: May 21, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Executive Director has been selected by PACE Academy Board of Directors Columbia, South Carolina – On May 21, 2020, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to hire Melissa Rabon as the first Executive Director for PACE Academy. “The vision Melissa painted during her interview was extremely insightful,” Stephen Wilson, PACE Academy board chairman, said. “Her ability to engage the community, rally her staff, and inspire students will be forever engrained in PACE’s culture.” Rabon, a National Board Certified Secondary English Teacher, has ten years of educational experience, much of which has [...]

Official Charter Approval

By |April 18th, 2020|Categories: Press Release|Tags: , , , , , , |

RELEASE DATE: April 17, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Official Charter Approval Columbia, South Carolina – The midlands’ first tuition-free school to provide support for students with dyslexia and language-based reading difficulties, Palmetto Achievement Center for Excellence (PACE) Academy, was approved by the Board of Trustees for the South Carolina Public Charter School District (SCPCSD) on April 17, 2020. The school is scheduled to open July 2021. Applications will be available starting July 2020. “For many families, private school or even private tutoring is not an option,” Melissa Rabon, PACE Chairperson, said. “We want to give all students of [...]

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