Charter school planned for Richland Mall delays opening

COLUMBIA (WIS) – The board of the new charter school that had plans to open in Richland Mall this coming August has decided to delay the school's opening.

The South Carolina Science Academy (SCSA) lost its director, Nathan Yon, back in May when he was killed in a car accident on Interstate 26.

Just two weeks prior to his unexpected death, News 10 met with Yon to tour the school's space in Richland Mall.

Since his passing, the school's board had hopes of opening SCSA on time in Yon's honor, but they tell News 10 they have made the decision to delay the opening a year.

Board Chairman Anthony Nyberg writes "…given the tremendous setback of Nathan Yon's death we could not in good conscience continue to push for opening the school this Fall. Instead, we are intending to use the foundation that we have created to plan on an August 2014 opening date."

Nyberg was selected as Board Chairman two weeks after Yon's passing. Prior to that, Nyberg was an interested parent who was planning to enroll his daughter Alexa in SCSA this Fall. Nyberg is an associate professor with the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

Nyberg and his daughter Alexa joined WIS for the tour of the school with Yon and shared their excitement about the opening of the school.