NORTH AUGUSTA --- Gov. Mark Sanford's tour of Aiken and Edgefield Counties today included the celebration of new jobs and educational opportunities.
Sanford's morning visits included stops at Graniteville's MTU Diesel plant for its grand opening and at charter school Fox Creek High, where staff showcased how his support of education choice has benefitted pupils.
"Choice is simply a means to speeding up the rate of change," said Sanford to Fox Creek staff members.
Sanford said smaller schools like Fox Creek were the wave of the future as research continues to show a correlation between smaller class size and education performance.
Sanford also commended the school on being fiscally prudent by pursuing grants to build the facility rather than relying on an increase in property taxes and the Edgefield County School District. Sanford's visit also included a briefing with the Aiken County legislative delegation on pending lawsuits to move nuclear waste from the Savannah River Site to Yucca Mountain in Nevada.
The briefing is part of transition efforts as Gov.-elect Nikki Haley takes over next month.
Sen. Shane Massey, R-Edgefield, said the process is very much "wait and see" until a 15-member federal Blue Ribbon Panel, appointed by President Obama, tours the site next month. "I think everyone was just looking for updates and to know we're on the same page," said Massey.