COLUMBIA, SC -- The owner of a Columbia custom cabinet shop plans to make a final appeal to the Richland Northeast High School Board of Education Tuesday night to restore the school's cabinet program.

Jim McGrew of James McGrew Cabinetmakers told The State newspaper that he doubts the school board will change its mind. McGrew has served as an unpaid adviser of the program, the paper noted.

The school district reportedly plans to dismiss the instructors of its cabinet and auto repair programs in favor of health sciences and culinary arts programs, which school officials think will be more popular with students. A $1.5 million renovation project to implement the new programs is pending board approval.

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