Legacy Charter School is changing its name — not expectations — and making plans to expand.
Legacy, now the county’s largest Title I school, is changing its name to Legacy Early College.
The school’s class of 2017 was the school’s fourth graduating class, and all have had 100 percent of its graduates accepted into college.
“Our name change simply better explains our high expectations,” said William Brown, Legacy founder and board chairman.
And to make sure it has room enough to serve all who want to do the same, it wants to build a second middle school on the site of the old Berea Elementary.
The 49 students in this year’s graduating class received more than $2.1 million in scholarship offers.
Legacy has more than 1,350 students in kindergarten through the 12th grade. It has two campuses on Greenville’s west side. The school now occupies the former Parker High School and a former elementary school that once housed the Fine Arts Center.
The Greenville County Council is considering an ordinance that would authorize the sale of the old Berea Elementary at the corner of Farrs Bridge and Sulphur Springs roads to Legacy for $400,000. According to the ordinance, which was referred to the Council’s finance committee after first reading, Legacy would build a new school with a façade substantially the same as the old elementary school, which Legacy founder and board chairman William Brown said is not economically feasible to keep.
Brown said the school has wood floors and would not be safe for students. He said somebody who went through the school recently actually fell through the floor.
A group of Berea residents have fought since 2015 to save the old school after a Florida developer proposed rezoning the property and building a commercial development. The Works Progress Administration completed the school in 1939. It served as a campus for Greenville Technical College before its current Northwest campus was built on White Horse Road.
Brown said a second middle school is needed because Legacy is at capacity at that grade level.