The Board of Directors of the Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) today accepted the resignation of Director Ben Couch Payne, who has made the decision to pursue other career opportunities. A proven educator, Payne has led this lottery-enrollment, public charter school since it opened on Savannah’s east side in August 2013.
Payne leaves SCA in an improving environment as the school continues to pursue academic excellence while its charter remains true to its mission. Beyond the classroom, SCA has introduced a Strings Conservatory, led by Savannah Philharmonic Concertmaster Dr. Sinisa Ciric, to teach students string instruments. The instruments are provided to the young participants free of charge, and no student is required to pay for this program, which provides life-changing opportunities as students pursue artistic excellence. In February this year, SCA hosted the award winning National Symposium on Liberal Education and African American History under Mr. Payne’s leadership.
“We, as a board, are grateful for the hard work and unwavering commitment that Mr. Payne has given to SCA,” said Board of Directors Chairwoman Falen O. Cox. “We will miss his enthusiasm and celebrate the contributions he has made over the years. He will always be a welcome member of our SCA family.”
Mr. Payne said, “The last five years have been inspirational as we raised the education and community spirit from the foundation laid at 705 East Anderson Street. I am blessed to have been a part of SCA and will continue to support the school and the entire SCA family.”