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Board makes promise for Rivers repairs



Arthur Ravenel got a resolution Monday advancing the effort for a permanent home for the Charleston Charter School for Math and Science.

Ravenel pressed for a commitment to go ahead and spend the money for needed repairs to the Rivers campus, where the charter has been housed in trailers until the building is repaired. He failed to get instant cash.

But what he did get, through motions made by board member Ruth Jordan and Vice Chairman Gregg Meyers, was a commitment to spend at least $25 million on the repairs. First, the district will need to provide the board with detailed construction needs and plans for the shared use of the facility with the district’s proposed high tech program. That information is expected by early 2010.

Ravenel wasn’t pleased. “It’s just another successful delay,” he said. “It’s awful the way Math and Science has been treated.”

Some supporters of the school have suggested the district has tried to delay repairs on the building to spite the charter program.

Superintendent Nancy McGinley said the district would like to prioritize school repair needs before making spending decisions, particularly with other downtown campuses in use that may need similar structural repairs as those needed at the vacant Rivers campus. 

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