MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – As South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Pamela Evette and Governor Henry McMaster continue their efforts to allow state funding to go to private schools, Evette visited the Myrtle Beach Christian Academy Friday.
During the pandemic, school leaders said they enrolled 200 more students as more parents sought alternative learning environments for their children.
The school administration thanked Evette and McMasters for their work in keeping schools open during the pandemic.
The academy’s student population grew so much that the school had to install portable classrooms. This project was funded by the CARES Act and marks the first time funds have been sent to private schools in the state.
“The growth has been amazing,” said Kat Elkes, the school’s director of admissions and development. “It was exciting. It was wonderful. It was a bit scary because we had to make a lot of changes, but it was amazing at the same time to have the opportunity to introduce Christian Academy to so many people. people and to be able to attend.
Evette also praised the academy’s focus on STEM programs.
“Governor and I were with an engineering association last night and we were talking to them and saying what we’re doing to make sure we’re opening up STEM and creating future engineers in South Carolina,” Evette said. “It’s great schools like this that do it. It is important for girls to know that STEM is for them.
South Carolina General Assembly legislation would authorize the sending of state taxpayers’ money to independent private institutions. You can read more about this legislation, and why some public school educators oppose it, by clicking here.