Press Release

Building Purchased

2020-10-29T18:13:21-04:00

RELEASE DATE: October 29, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Building Purchased Columbia, South Carolina – On October 27, 2020, Palmetto Achievement Center for Excellence (PACE) Academy, the Midlands’ first tuition-free school for children with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities, became the first public charter school in South Carolina history to secure bond financing for their building without the support of an Education or Charter Management Company. New charter schools have few options to secure facility financing, having to rely heavily on developers who charge high rates or spend thousands of dollars upfitting a rented facility. Schools who have an [...]

Building Purchased2020-10-29T18:13:21-04:00

Contractor Selected

2020-10-29T18:14:42-04:00

RELEASE DATE: September 4, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contractor Selected Columbia, South Carolina – On July 29, 2020, the Board of Directors for PACE Academy release a Request for Qualifications/Proposal to find a contractor to renovate the facility at 6015 North Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina. Four highly qualified proposals were received by the Project Director, Traci Bryant-Riches, by August 15, 2020, making it extremely difficult for the Board of Directors to narrow down their selection. Given the difficulty of the decision to be made, the PACE Facilities Committee conducted interviews of all contractors who submitted a proposal. “After [...]

Contractor Selected2020-10-29T18:14:42-04:00

Building Selected

2020-08-25T20:18:39-04:00

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 Midlands.” [...]

Building Selected2020-08-25T20:18:39-04:00

P&I Subgrant Awarded

2020-08-25T20:11:43-04:00

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 award [...]

P&I Subgrant Awarded2020-08-25T20:11:43-04:00

Executive Director has been selected!

2020-05-29T12:35:32-04:00

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 been [...]

Executive Director has been selected!2020-05-29T12:35:32-04:00

Official Charter Approval

2020-05-29T12:34:21-04:00

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 the [...]

Official Charter Approval2020-05-29T12:34:21-04:00
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