This blog was first emailed as a letter to families of students and LABCS's teachers on May 10.
Dear Parents of Lakes and Bridges Students:
We are looking forward with much anticipation and excitement to the opening of Lakes and Bridges Charter School this August, and we hope your household is abuzz also. We are assembling an excellent faculty and staff, and they are excited about working with your children.
Unfortunately, we have run into unavoidable construction delays and challenges with our building renovations, so we want to make you aware of our new plan for opening the school on schedule. We have reached out to the School District of Pickens County, and we are excited to announce that Lakes and Bridges Charter School will be housed in Crosswell Elementary School in Easley for the 2018-2019 school year.
The School District of Pickens County is highly supportive of our school and mission and has offered to provide us the space to house our school while our own building is being renovated. Thanks to their help, we can open in August as planned.
Crosswell Elementary is located in Easley at 161 School Road, not far from our facility. We will have our own assigned classrooms, offices, and faculty and staff. Crosswell is a well equipped school with a full-time resource officer, a school nurse, and cafeteria facilities that we can use. We will run on our own schedule and offer an after-school care program as planned.
We realize you might have some concerns about this one-year arrangement, but we want to make this point clear: Lakes and Bridges will fully meet its mission of teaching children with dyslexia, even in a different space, because a school is much more than a building. We will have, as we promised the state in our charter and to you in our meetings:
The same great students
Specially trained and dedicated teachers
New and innovative furniture
A multisensory, evidence-based curriculum shown to effectively teach children with dyslexia
Exciting opportunities for student personal growth
Administrators and staff who are committed to our mission
A unique and compassionate school culture
Being housed in Crosswell for the first school year will give us the time to renovate and realize the ideal school building that we want for our future. It will also give us more time to raise additional funds to pay for the renovation.
We will have a table set up during the May 11 BBQ to talk with parents. You may also email or call us anytime to ask questions.
Thank you for being part of our school. We’re confident and excited about Year 1, which starts in just a few months. We look forward to serving your children.
The Founding Charter Committee