Berkeley County School District a step closer to buying land near Tanner Plantation for new school

Berkeley County School District is moving forward with plans to build a new elementary school near Tanner Plantation, despite the objections of some residents who live in the area.

The board voted last week to pursue a purchase and sale agreement with Charleston Water System for 28 acres near the Goose Creek Reservoir.

The as-yet unnamed school is one of five that will be built as part of the district’s $198 million building plan. Scheduled to open in August 2015, it will ease overcrowding at Goose Creek Primary, Sedgefield Intermediate and Hanahan Elementary schools.

In March, the district voted to sign a letter of intent to buy the property, contingent on a rezoning approval from the Hanahan City Council, and held a community meeting to unveil proposed attendance lines.

The next month, several residents of the area attended a board meeting to express disapproval of the location, citing increased traffic, the loss of a nature preserve/wildlife habitat, suitability of the land for building, the buffer between the school and the surrounding houses, and the effect the proposed attendance lines would have on creating economically and racially diverse schools.

Superintendent Rodney Thompson said then that the district had authorized a traffic study as a precursor to the rezoning request.

Hanahan City Administrator Johnny Cribb said Monday the rezoning has not been brought before the council.

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