Paul Tough

Writer & Speaker

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Zone Plans in Charleston

In yesterday’s Post and Courier, a report on plans by civic leaders in Charleston, South Carolina, to apply for federal Promise Neighborhood funds:

Charleston hopes to be among the front-runners for this money, and key leaders such as school Superintendent Nancy McGinley and Charleston Mayor Joe Riley have been working behind the scenes to better position Charleston for the funding.

Although school officials have led local planning efforts, the school district wouldn’t necessarily coordinate the programs. The money would go directly to schools and programs included in Charleston Children’s Zone, and the district would be one of the agencies involved in making the plan work.

The proposed zone would encompass Charleston’s East Side, the Neck Area and extend into North Charleston, and it would target four elementary schools: Sanders-Clyde, James Simons, Mary Ford and Chicora. The focus of the zone’s programs would be the area’s roughly 3,000 children, from birth to age 17.

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