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Legacy Charter School in Greenville Leverages JEDA Bond Funding

Legacy Charter ElementaryGREENVILLE, SC - The Legacy Charter School will use $5.7 million in bond funding through the S.C. Jobs-Economic Development Authority (JEDA) to help accommodate the school’s rapid growth on Greenville’s revitalizing west side.

The bond funding will be used to renovate and construct buildings at the school’s elementary campus, serving kindergartners through fourth grade. This newly renovated location is the site of the former Greenville County Schools’ Fine Arts Center.

Legacy is serving grades 5 through 10 at its campus on Woodside Avenue with plans to continue through high school. They have an arrangement with Greenville Technical College for their students to start taking classes as early as the 10th grade for both high school and college credit. A health and wellness center also will be built on the campus, home to the historic former Parker High School.

The Legacy Charter School changed its name from Fuller Normal Advanced Technology School last year. The charter school focuses on preparing students for college and features a longer school day and school year. They are the only public school in South Carolina to provide physical education five times per week to all children.

The JEDA funding will help maintain 38 existing jobs as well as create 37 more within 24 months of the project’s completion.

“Being able to access this kind of favorable funding is a key element in The Legacy Charter School’s plans for the future. We’re able to better prepare children for their future because of it,” said William W. Brown, President of Campbell Young Leaders, the non-profit foundation that has sponsored the school since 2008.

“Seeing The Legacy Charter School grow so quickly and assume such a vital role in the life of the West End is very exciting. Helping to make it possible has been a great opportunity to be of service right here in our hometown,” said Kathy McKinney, Bond Counsel with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. in Greenville.

“Helping to fund the wide variety of choices for education at all levels in South Carolina is a vital role that we’re pleased to be able to fill. The importance of this kind of progress to our state’s economic well being may well be incalculable,” said Harry Huntley, Executive Director of JEDA in Columbia.