LADSON — Berkeley County residents who are concerned about the location of the future school that will serve Daniel Island and the Clements Ferry Road area will be able to give their input later this month.
If you go
Who: Daniel Island Neighborhood Association, Daniel Island Property Owners Association, Berkeley County officials
What: Community announcement and Q&A session
When: 7 p.m. Sept. 12
Where: Bishop England High School auditorium
Who: Berkeley Co. School District
What: Community meetings on potential sites for school for Daniel Island/Clements Ferry Road area
When: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30
Where: Daniel Island School Multi-Purpose Room, 7:30 at Cainhoy Elementary/Middle School.
The school district has planned two community meetings for Sept. 30 to discuss potential options for the school’s site and for the process that will be used to choose the location. That issue has increasingly frustrated some Daniel Island residents to the point that they’re discussing possibly seeking annexation into Charleston County.
It’s not clear how the annexation would affect schools, specifically whether they would remain under the Berkeley County School Board’s control.
Board Chairman Kent Murray said the board wants residents’ input on the school’s permanent site, and members will make the best decision for all children.
“I’m going to tell you – we are a strong board,” he said. “We’re going to make the right decision.”
The school’s location was one of the big issues that spurred some Daniel Island residents to organize a meeting for Thursday during which they will make a “community announcement.”
Some Daniel Island residents feel as if they were led to believe that the future school for their community would be on the island. They don’t want the new school to be built on Clements Ferry Road, which would take away their ability to walk and bike to school. District officials said they haven’t made any decision on its location yet.
“I understand folks want an answer now, but the reality is we have to go through this process,” Murray said.
The board’s Tuesday night meeting was the first since news of the potential annexation effort surfaced last week, and board members and Superintendent Randy Thompson talked about it.
Thompson said he was trying to find out as soon as possible whether the annexation would include schools.
Doug Cooper, a board member who has lived on Daniel Island for 14 years, said annexation of the island and the school district were two separate issues. If Daniel Island were to be annexed into Charleston County, he said that doesn’t mean its schools would be served by the same county.
But the legal team representing the Daniel Island groups that organized the Thursday meeting disagreed, saying they believe the intent of the law is that district boundaries would change with the county lines, said Jane Baker, vice president of community services for the Daniel Island Property Owners Association.
Reporter Brenda Rindge contributed to this report.
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