Dance Performer and Choreographer Stacy McConnell Joins Riverwalk Academy


Riverwalk Academy is excited to announce that dance education professor, performer, and choreographer Stacy McConnell is joining the staff of Riverwalk Academy. In addition to her tenured career at Winthrop University as a professor of dance, Ms. McConnell studied at Columbia College and Florida State University. She’s also studied at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center’s Summer Intensive and the American Dance Festival.

“We are excited to have Ms. McConnell join the Riverwalk Academy staff,” says Dr. Compton, Riverwalk Academy Head of School. “In addition to being a performer and choreographer, Ms. McConnell has also spent many years at Winthrop teaching dance methodology and dance appreciation to both dance educators, and general education teachers. Her performing experience and familiarity with Riverwalk Academy is a perfect fit.”

Ms. McConnell is replacing Ms. Carla Sciandra (Ms. Sci-Sci), who announced her departure today to the staff and students. Ms. Sci-Sci recently accepted a position with the Clover County School District. “I wish Ms. Sci-Sci the best of luck at her new role,” says Dr. Compton. “I know working with the dance program in Clover has been a goal of hers for quite some time. I appreciate the two years that she spent at Riverwalk Academy helping start our dance program and helping students gain an appreciation for and build confidence with their dance abilities.”


Graham Named Middle and High School Assistant Principal


Rock Hill, SC – Riverwalk Academy is pleased to announce that Michael Graham has been named middle and high school assistant principal.  Mr. Graham, retired US Marine gunnery sergeant, joined the Riverwalk Academy team in January 2018.  During the 2018 – 2019 school year, Mr. Graham taught career and technical education courses and was instrumental in the creation and establishment of Riverwalk Academy’s business education program and Business Professionals of America (BPA) inaugural student chapter.  In its initial year, Mr. Graham worked with a team of students, 5 of whom went on to become state finalists and national qualifiers. 

What makes Mr. Graham the ideal person for the middle and high school assistant principal role is the positive relationship he has with the middle and high school students, their parents, and staff.  His consistency and fairness are exactly what our middle and high school students need. Mr. Graham has shown that he is able to foster positive, healthy school climates while helping students learn from their mistakes.  

In addition to building positive relationships with students, Mr. Graham is also a leader among his colleagues.  His colleagues describe Mr. Graham as a mentor and coach.  “Mr. Graham is not a positional leader,” says Dr. Compton, Riverwalk Academy Head of School.  “Some people lead through their titles, and some lead through their actions. Mr. Graham is the latter of the two. He’s truly an authentic leader, but the great thing about it is that he doesn’t realize that he’s leading.  He’s just being his natural self.”

Mr. Graham will be joining the Riverwalk Academy administrative team, which includes Ms. Erica McCray, elementary assistant principal, and Dr. Robert Compton, Head of School.  


Brinkley and North Elected to the Board


On April 23, 2019, it was announced that the Board had two elected positions that were expiring on June 30, 2019. Four parents submitted their nominations for the two open spots. The online elections, which were managed by the Public Charter School Alliance of SC, were held on May 26 and May 27 where current parents and staff members were eligible to vote. As a result, Janet North, a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, and Amy Brinkley, a Connections Director with Impact Church, were elected to the Board. Both will serve a two-year term, which begins on July 1, 2019 and expires on June 30, 2021.

Board Elections: A Call for Nominations


Riverwalk Academy has contracted with the Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina (PCSASC) to administer this year’s election process. This ensures integrity and confidentiality in the process.

The governing board consists of 4 appointed members and 5 elected members.  There are currently 2 seats up for election.  

Election Timeline

May 15th, 2019: Call for Candidates will be distributed to the public. Each prospective board member must complete an online filing form. PCSASC will have these available online for submission/distribution. Links will be created from Riverwalk Academy’s site (click here).

May 21st, 2019:  Close of candidate filing period. Acceptance of candidate filings will be closed at 5pm EST.

May 22nd, 2019: Candidate Information and Application Answers posted online.  

May 23rd- 24th, 2019: Voting open with e-ballot links emailed to each parent/guardian and employee of Riverwalk Academy. Voting will open on May 23rd, 2019 at 8am and close on May 24th, 2019 at 4pm.There is one vote per child enrolled in the school and one vote per employee.  Voting will be available via e-ballot allowing parents and employees to vote via the internet. Each ballot will have a unique pin number to ensure confidentiality and integrity of the process. Computers and paper ballots will be available at the school during normal school hours for families with no internet access or with limited computer knowledge.  

May 28th, 2019: Election results will be certified and announced publicly during the May 28, 2019 Board Meeting.

July 2019: During the July Board meeting, the newly elected board members will be sworn in. This will complete the election process. 

Meeting and Training Requirements

Riverwalk Academy Board Members are required to attend all board meetings. Mandated Board Training – All board members are required to attend board training within 1 year of being elected.  Free trainings will be offered across the state and online with the Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina. 


Mr. Joe Bowers, Director of Operations, Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina

Ms. Mariann Carter, Board Chair, Riverwalk Academy

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