For Immediate Release:


June 6, 2024

We are informing the PACE Academy community that Melissa Rabon, founding Executive Director, notified the Board on Friday, May 31, that she is voluntarily resigning from her position.  The Board has accepted Ms. Rabon’s resignation and wishes to thank Ms. Rabon for her dedication to PACE Academy.  Ms. Rabon’s vision was to create a school that would change the lives of the most vulnerable students and create an environment that allows students to close academic gaps and realize their full potential.  Ms. Rabon’s vision has become a reality, and we will forever be grateful for her commitment.  We wish Ms. Rabon the best, both professionally and personally, in her future endeavors.  Dr. Melanie Vaughn, the school’s current Academic Director, has been named the Interim Executive Director of PACE Academy.  A search for the next permanent leader of PACE Academy will begin in the fall of 2024.

The Board would also like to take this opportunity to thank the PACE Academy community for your participation in the recent Board election. This year, the Board partnered with a third-party, the Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina (the Alliance), to conduct the election.  The PACE Academy Board felt that partnering with a third-party who would certify the results of the election was essential to ensure the integrity of the election process.  PACE Academy’s administration provided the Alliance with the names and email addresses of voters and the Alliance administered the election. Our Board was excited to see the highest participation rate in this election in PACE Academy’s history.  We are excited for Ashleigh Dowey and Taryn Shekitka to join the Pace Academy Board on July 1, 2024.

The Board generally meets monthly, and all meetings are open to the public in compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”).  We continue to volunteer our time and leadership to fulfill PACE Academy’s mission to ensure all students master foundational reading skills to reach their full potential both in and out of the classroom.

As always, if you have any questions, you are welcome to reach out to us.  The PACE Academy Board of Directors remains excited about the bright future of PACE Academy.

PACE Academy Board of Directors