Thanks to $5.8 million in financing via South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority and others, Spartanburg Preparatory School will receive a major expansion, having grown since its inception in 2009 to a current enrollment of 400 kindergarteners through fifth-graders.
“State charter schools are an exciting addition to the South Carolina educational landscape, but they have to provide their own funding to a great extent,” Harry Huntley, JEDA’s executive director, said. “JEDA bond financing is a great option for them and we’re happy to be able to serve Spartanburg Prep in this way.”
A 30,000-square-foot addition will house a gym, cafeteria and classrooms for grades six through eight. As Spartanburg County’s first public charter school, the facility has reached an age at which it needs to grow with its population. Financing sources expressed pride in the project, which will create the need for six additional employees as well as make room for growing students.
“Spartanburg Prep has already established itself as a valued member of the Spartanburg County educational community,” Michael Kozlarek, who serves as bond counsel with Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP in Greenville, said. “Adding three new grades is something we’re proud to have helped the school accomplish.”
Spartanburg Prep is located at 385 S Spring St. in Spartanburg.