Coastal Leadership Academy opening delayed

akelley@thesunnews.comAugust 26, 2013 

— Coastal Leadership Academy didn’t open as planned Monday morning, but will be open Wednesday.

Principal Melinda Tavernier said the fire alarm wasn’t working properly during an inspection Friday. The computer panel in the monitoring system was repaired Monday and the charter school on Palmetto Pointe Boulevard didn’t have any other problems in the second inspection.

Tavernier said parents were informed ahead of the delayed opening.

“It was very encouraging, some of the kids said they were disappointed not getting to come to school,” she said. “We must be doing something right.”

CLA is chartered under the S.C. Public School District and serves students in both Horry and Georgetown Counties.

Lisa Aglietti, the school’s guidance counselor, said students will be traveling from North Myrtle Beach, Loris, Pawleys Island Murrells Inlet, the city of Georgetown and Andrews.

The delayed start means two days will be made up later in the year, but Tavernier said it won’t affect holidays or extend the school year. Instead, she said the days will be on planned teacher work-days, one in October and one in January.

CLA provides project-based learning.

“We are a 21st century high school,” Tavernier said. “We have a project-based learning methodology and limited textbooks.”

All students will have a laptop, either their own or one that can be checked-out at the school like a library book. The only classroom that will be using textbooks is math.

“We are also teaching leadership and good citizenship, and we want them to be environmental stewards,” Aglietti said. “We want the community to visit – our students need to know what’s going on outside the school’s walls.”

Wednesday will be a formal start for the school. The students wear uniforms and Wednesday’s are “Dress for Success” days, Tavernier said, so students will show up wearing their most professional uniforms.

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381, or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_akelley.

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