Berkeley County School District moves forward with new-school, renovation plans
Berkeley County voters approved $198 million to build five new schools and renovate 29 others.
The measure adds $60 to the tax bill on a $150,000 house for three years, doubles that until 2023, then goes back to $60 for three years.
Although the State Law Enforcement Division is investigating allegations of ethics violations during the campaign, the building program has continued to move forward.
Berkeley County School District plans to open one new school each year, starting in 2015. Construction for each school will take about 18 months.
Behind-the-scenes work has included meetings that involve district officials and community members.
“We have to figure out things like what the school should look like, what it needs and those kinds of things,” said Deputy Superintendent Archie Franchini.
Here’s where each school stands:
High school — Daniel Island/Cainhoy area. The district is still looking for land. The school is scheduled to open in August 2017.
Middle school — Daniel Island/Cainhoy area. The district is still looking for land. The school is scheduled to open in August 2016.
Elementary school — Sheep Island Road. Nexton, a 4,500-acre planned development, has donated land for a new elementary school. The school board voted in April to name the school Nexton Elementary. Plans are being adapted from Cane Bay Middle School. The school is scheduled to open in August 2015.
Elementary school — Tanner Plantation. The district has a contract on land on the Goose Creek Reservoir near Tanner Plantation that is contingent on the land being rezoned for a school. The district held a meeting in March to unveil preliminary attendance lines and collect feedback.
Residents of the neighborhood have expressed several concerns about the location, including traffic and the loss of wildlife. The school is scheduled to open in August 2015.
Elementary school — Foxbank Plantation. This is the last school on the building schedule. Preliminary work is set to begin in July, with plans to open the school in August 2018.
Major renovations, improvements, additions and modifications, including technology and other equipment, to the following schools:
Marrington Middle School. Preliminary work will begin in July. Construction is expected to take eight months and be finished by January 2016.
Cross High School. Preliminary work is to begin in July. Construction is expected to take six months and is slated to be completed by May 2015.
Goose Creek High School. Goose Creek is the most extensive renovation. Preliminary work began in January.
The project currently is in the design phase, with construction set to begin in February and last about two years. Franchini said the project will be tricky because the district is trying to use as few portable classrooms as possible and schedule the project around students.
Stratford High School. Preliminary work is currently going on. Construction is set to begin in February and last a year.
The program also includes renovations, improvements, additions and modifications for: Berkeley Education Center, Berkeley Intermediate School, Berkeley High School, Boulder Bluff Elementary School, Cainhoy Elementary/Middle School, College Park Elementary School, College Park Middle School, Cross Elementary School, Daniel Island Elementary School, Devon Forest Elementary School, Goose Creek Primary School, Hanahan Elementary School, Hanahan High School, Hanahan Middle School, H.E. Bonner Elementary School, Howe Hall AIMS School, J.K. Gourdin Elementary School, Marrington Elementary School, Sangaree Elementary School, Sangaree Intermediate School, Sedgefield Intermediate School, St. Stephen Middle School, Timberland High School, Westview Middle School and Whitesville Elementary School.
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