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Savannah Classical Academy Reveals Newly Restored Spartans’ Gym

On Thursday, Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) students, faculty and supporters joined together for the official unveil of the public charter school’s newly restored gymnasium. SCA Director Barry Lollis and Board President Scott McGhie recognized donors who helped fund this project and updated attendees on SCA’s recent successes. Lollis also included the school’s student body in the special occasion by mixing in some lighthearted moments, recognizing students who achieved honor roll and high honor roll, as well as those with perfect attendance. And, as an entertaining reward for students who helped with a recent initiative, Lollis concluded the event by taking a pie to the face, along with another faculty member, courtesy of two SCA kindergarteners.

Commemorating this special event, the SCA boys’ basketball team and girls’ volleyball team, who recently made it to the 2018 GHSA volleyball state playoffs, competed in a lively volleyball game. This friendly game served as a special opportunity for these students to play in front of all of their peers, which they have never been able to do in the past. Prior to this renovation, the gymnasium, although used as an exercise space, was ineligible to host sporting events as it did not meet the state’s standards. However, because of this restoration project, beginning in the 2019-20 school year, SCA will be able to host basketball and volleyball games in Spartan’s Gym.

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Savannah Classical Academy Gets a New Gymnasium

On Thursday, April 18, students, faculty and supporters of Savannah Classical Academy gathered at the Savannah-Chatham public charter school for the official unveiling of the school’s newly restored gymnasium. The gymnasium was funded through community donations and features the artistry, craftsmanship and labor of a number of local Savannah residents, including muralist Adolfo Hernández Alvarado.

“We are grateful to every single individual who believed in the passion behind our mission and helped turn this project into a reality, and to our athletics director, Mr. Eric Parker, who was instrumental in coordinating with our vendors through this process,” Lollis said. “As SCA is on track to serve grades K-12 beginning in August 2019, it is vital that we create a strong sense of a well-rounded community within our school by retaining and attracting students who are interested in athletics as well as a classical education.” 

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SCA Unveils Newly Restored Gymnasium

On Thursday, Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) students, faculty and supporters joined together for the official unveil of the public charter school’s newly restored gymnasium. SCA Director Barry Lollis and Board President Scott McGhie recognized donors who helped fund this project and updated attendees on SCA’s recent successes. Lollis also included the school’s student body in the special occasion by mixing in some lighthearted moments, recognizing students who achieved honor roll and high honor roll, as well as those with perfect attendance. And, as an entertaining reward for students who helped with a recent initiative, Lollis concluded the event by taking a pie to the face, along with another faculty member, courtesy of two SCA kindergarteners. 

Commemorating this special event, the SCA boys’ basketball team and girls’ volleyball team, who recently made it to the 2018 GHSA volleyball state playoffs, competed in a lively volleyball game. This friendly game served as a special opportunity for these students to play in front of all of their peers, which they have never been able to do in the past. Prior to this renovation, the gymnasium, although used as an exercise space, was ineligible to host sporting events as it did not meet the state’s standards. However, because of this restoration project, beginning in the 2019-20 school year, SCA will be able to host basketball and volleyball games in Spartan’s Gym.

The restored gymnasium – funded through community supporters’ generous donations – features the craftsmanship, artistry and labor of many locals, including muralist Adolfo Hernández Alvarado. SCA has recognized The Hodge Foundation – an organization created through an endowment left by Sarah Mill Hodge designated to helping relieve the suffering of the people of Chatham County – for its significant donation to the project.

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Community Champions: Performance Initiatives

By Tim Guidera| April 10, 2019 at 4:46 PM EDT – Updated April 10 at 7:04 PM 

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – You don’t have to train hard to prepare yourself for a better future at one of the area’s most inspiring gyms.

WTOC took a look at how the Community Champions at Performance Initiatives are helping kids in several ways. They are lifting a lot of weight – and a lot of lives.

“My training has been excellent. I came in, I was kind of chubby, but now I’m tall, skinny, muscular,” said Keontay Price.

Price is one of hundreds of young people who has transformed his body and his direction through Kerri Goodrich’s after-school Olympic weightlifting program that is scoring high points across the board.

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Georgia charter school is renewed after test scores improve

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A coastal Georgia charter school that had been in trouble with state authorities has had its charter renewed.

The Savannah Morning News reports Georgia’s state Board of Education voted last month to renew Savannah Classical Academy for a full five years.

The state had placed Savannah Classical on probation and banned new enrollment in July 2017 because of poor academic performance. The enrollment ban was lifted a year later after state test scores improved.

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Savannah Classical Academy improvements lead to charter renewal

​By: Savannah Now | Savannah Morning News 
SAVANNAH, GA – April 6, 2019 – Savannah Classical Academy’s improvements over the past 12 months were good enough for the state Board of Education to renew on March 28 the school’s charter for another five years.
“We’re happy to be past this point, we’re happy to have done it so quickly and we look forward to what the future holds growing the school and really showing everybody what we can do,” said Scott McGhie, chairman of the governing board and director of portfolio management at The Fiduciary Group.

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Savannah Classical Academy director named to state advisory committee

​By: Savannah Now | Savannah Morning News 
SAVANNAH, GA – April 6, 2019 – The Savannah public school system gained representation on a state advisory committee in February when Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan selected Barry Lollis of Savannah Classical Academy as one of his three picks for the committee.Lollis was named Feb. 26 to the Georgia Department of Education’s Charter Advisory Committee, which has nine members who make recommendations about charter systems in Georgia. The committee does not make recommendations on the charter schools in Savannah-Chatham County because SCCPSS is a strategic waiver district, not a charter system. But the seat will give Lollis exposure to what other systems in Georgia are doing.

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