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New Edgefield County elementary school facility opens

August 20, 2018

Bettis Preparatory Leadership Academy had its official ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate its two new buildings opening on Sunday afternoon.

The Nicholson Road school’s campus has been a project five years in the making. Local community leaders, school staff, and future students came together on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the opening and tour the facility the day before school starts.

“If we’re going to make a difference in children so that they will prosper by the time they get to middle school, and continue to prosper when they get to high school, then we need to start at the begining,” said Principle Myrtis Brightharp-Walker, who founded the school. “That’s why we have kindergarten through grade 5 this year.”

Bettis Prepatory Leadership Academy is a new, public charter school. At the school, there is a strong focus on science, technology, engineering, and math.

“Every morning when I get on that PA system, I will say ‘good morning scholars,’ because we have high expectations here,” Brightharp-Walker said. “We will always have high expectations here.”

Assistant Principle Rosa Ishmal led the ceremony. She introduced various members of those who made the school possible to the gathered crowd, from board members to people who helped move in the school’s furniture.

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, visitors were treated to a tour of the school. Brightharp-Walker said that the school’s media center is not yet complete, and that she wants to open it only when the media center “is done right” rather than opening one that is not fully furnished.

Classes begin at the school on Monday morning, Aug. 20.

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