Supporters of Charleston County's top magnet high school are working to establish a nonprofit foundation to address its funding needs and expand electives.

A board of 10 directors are seeking approval to operate a nonprofit for the benefit of Academic Magnet High. The foundation would solicit community donations and grants for the North Charleston school's short- and long-term goals.

“I am delighted that the Academic Magnet community is both supportive of our current programming and committed to enhance our educational offerings by establishing the Academic Magnet Foundation,” said school Principal Judith Peterson.

Members of the inaugural board include: Doug Berger, Stephen Howe, Susan Leadem, James Rawls, Ken Ryan, Hallie Seibels, Lisa Short, Scott Shubert, Jennie Smith and Cliff Woods.

A number of Charleston County schools, such as Buist Academy and Sullivan's Island Elementary, have foundations to support their work.

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