Press Release

2023-2024 Board Elections Held


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 next [...]

2023-2024 Board Elections Held2023-06-01T01:33:35-04:00

Jada Samuel, Miss Columbia Visits PACE Academy


PRESS RELEASE CONTACT INFORMATION: Palmetto Achievement Center for Excellence (PACE Academy) Melissa Rabon RELEASE DATE: December 2, 2022 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Jada Samuel, Miss Columbia Visits PACE Academy Columbia, South Carolina – On Friday, December 22, 2022, Jada Samuel, the current Miss Columbia came to speak to middle school girls about confidence and goals. She spoke on self-image, how important it is to give back to the community, and how to face adversity in the world. “It was awesome for our students to have the opportunity to hear from a person who has worked so hard to mentor and [...]

Jada Samuel, Miss Columbia Visits PACE Academy2022-12-13T11:13:16-05:00

Board Elections Held


RELEASE DATE: January 21, 2022 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE On January 20, 2022, the PACE Academy Board of Directors unanimously voted to accept the election rules as presented by Board Chair Stephen Wilson. Please welcome our newest board members:  Katrina Mack-Snider, Nichole Arnott and Jessica Becerra.  Continuing in there positions, Stephen Wilson, Jonathan Pace, Beckye Barnes, John Thompson, Sara Jane Arnett and Sally Thornton. The next board meeting is scheduled for February 17, 2022 at 6:30 pm and will be held virtually on Zoom.

Board Elections Held2022-02-09T12:17:28-05:00

Temporary Virtual Learning


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 (38% [...]

Temporary Virtual Learning2022-02-09T12:21:19-05:00

Building Purchased


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


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


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


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
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