Renaming of SSC - Community Feedback Survey
Summary: SCDE & SCDOT have both approved SSC to acquire the 15 School Street property. The Founding Board of Directors would now like to engage the community it will serve in providing a more permanent name to honor both the historic legacy of the former Liberty Street Elementary School (last used for St. Francis Xavier High School until 2017) and also the unique educational programming the new charter school will provide to the scholars it will serve. This facility will house the Primary Academy Campus - which includes all scholars in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first, and second grade.
Background: In order to fulfill the charter school's mission, it is quite symbolic that the school begin its work of transforming the lives of its youngest scholars in the former Liberty Street Elementary School. Built in 1949, the Liberty Street Elementary School was erected for the purpose of educating African American children in Sumter under the auspices of Sumter School District #17. The school was the first public school for African Americans in Sumter to matriculate from grades 1-6. In much of our community, the Liberty legacy is synonymous with the advancement of individuals who were, at one time, marginalized by an existing system. Thanks to the benevolence of generous donors, a comprehensive renovation will soon take place that includes the necessary infrastructural and life safety facility upgrades that adhere to all rules and regulations.
Moving Forward: In the presence of continued academic inequity, the Board would like to officially rename SSC in honor of the Liberty legacy to further align ourselves with a legacy that is already associated with the plight of those before us who sought social justice and quality. The Board hopes to continue that legacy of pride by providing an additional high-quality school choice to Sumter County families who simply want a fresh alternative to the status quo. Together, we can transform outcomes for our society’s most precious resource! Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
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