MONCKS CORNER — The first new school that will be built as a result of Berkeley County’s $198 million building campaign will be called Nexton Elementary School.

The Berkeley County School Board voted 7-1, with Chairman Doug Cooper absent, to name the school for the 4,500-acre MeadWestvaco neighborhood where it will be built.

Dozens of name suggestions were narrowed by a committee of board members and community volunteers. The other finalists were Pine Forest Elementary and Sheep Island Elementary.

Board member Wilhelmina Moore cast the lone vote against Nexton.

“The road that goes through there and the community is Sheep Island, and it seems like Sheep Island would be more fitting,” she said.

Developers have called Nexton, near the intersection of Interstate 26 and U.S. Highway 17A, a live-work-and-play neighborhood. It will have detached homes, apartments, office buildings, hotels, stores, restaurants, schools, parks, bike paths, hiking trails and an interconnected road system.

MeadWestvaco donated nearly 25 acres for the 900-student elementary school. It is currently in the design phase and is scheduled to open in August 2014.

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