News 12 This Morning / Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Beginning next school year, Fox Creek High School will join the South Carolina Public Charter Schools and open up their admissions to students across the Palmetto State.
The move gives parents in the state of South Carolina more educational choices for their children.
"For the past eight years we've had to turn away a large number of Aiken County students who wanted to come here," said Tim Murph, principal of Fox Creek High School.
Last year, Murph waived the fee for out-of-county students who wanted to attend his high school.
"The problem, though, currently 20 percent of the population can be from out of the county," Murph explained.
That 20 percent has been maxed out.
"Just having another option for their education is very important for me," said Ian Bramhall, a parent concerned about his daughters' education.
That's why Murph transferred the school to the South Carolina Public Charter School District. With no attendance lines, the move gives Fox Creek the ability to enroll students from surrounding counties.
"Having Fox Creek open to Aiken County will make both North Augusta and Fox Creek better because it increases competition," Bramhall added.
With the move, all of Fox Creek's funds will come from the state level, which is an added benefit for nearby school districts like Aiken and Edgefield who get to keep their local funds even when parents decide they want their children to move to schools.
"Under our new contract, all of the money will come from the state, so Edgefield County will keep $3,301," Murph explained.
That's more than $3,000 for every student, and with more than 300 students from the Edgfield district attending Fox Creek, that amounts to $900,000 that the Edgefield County school district gets to keep.
"They are getting money for students they are not educating," Murph said. "We are taking on the responsibility of educating those kids."
With a construction plan in hand, now more than ever, Fox Creek administrators are hoping to expand with the hope that more students from different geographical areas will attend.
South Carolina parents interested in sending their children to Fox Creek High School can start registering online through this link.
Students will be able to start classes in the fall of 2012.