New principal picked for Okatie Catholic school

info@islandpacket.comAugust 24, 2012 

A new principal has been selected for a Catholic secondary school slated to open in 2013 in Okatie.

Christine Paul will be the principal of Pope John Paul II Catholic School, which will serve students in grades seven through 12. Construction could begin this fall.

Paul has worked in Catholic schools for more than 20 years, according to a news release from the Diocese of Charleston. She most recently was the principal at Aquinas High School in Augusta, Ga.

In March, the school received a $3 million gift from the Richard D. Ennen Charitable Remainder Trust. Catholic churches in the area are working to raise the remaining money needed to build the school on 70 acres off S.C. 170 near the Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence. It's expected to cost about $7.5 million, organizers have said.

Paul will start on Sept. 4 and oversee the school's opening. She has a master's degree in education curriculum from Cleveland State University and a master's degree in education administration from Ashland University.

"Our goal is to provide a topnotch, high-tech experience infused with Gospel values so our students will develop the intelligent world view and compassionate, kind spirit of our namesake, Pope John Paul II," Paul said in the release.

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