District announces timelines for new schools, renovations
The Berkeley County School District is working on plans to build several new schools.
On Nov. 6 Berkeley County voters passed a $198 million bond referendum that will pay for new schools. The Berkeley County School Board recently held a workshop to go over various details of the bond referendum plan.
About 44 percent of the projected renovations will take place in the Goose Creek and Hanahan areas, with about 14 percent in the Summerville area, 14 percent in the Moncks Corner area, 21 percent in the Cross and St. Stephen area and seven percent in Cainhoy and Daniel Island, according to a district presentation.
New schools will be built at Tanner Planation, Cainhoy, Foxbank and Sheep Island Road.
Construction of the schools is expected to take 18 months for each school after the design and bidding processes, which will take a projected eight to 10 months. The completion goal for the Sheep Island elementary school is August 2014 or 2015; for the Clements Ferry high school August 2016; for the Tanner Planation elementary school August 2015; for Foxbank elementary school August 2017. No date has been set for the Clements Ferry elementary and middle school.
Major renovations in the Goose Creek area will take place at Goose Creek High School, Stratford High School, Goose Creek Primary, Marrington Elementary and Middle, Sedgefield Intermediate, Boulder Bluff Elementary, Westview Middle, Devon Forest Elementary and Howe Hall Elementary.
Additions at GCHS will likely take 18 months and are expected to be complete in February 2016. The 12-month renovation process at SHS is expected to be complete in February 2015. The eight-month renovation at Marrington Middle is expected to be complete in January 2016. The six-month process at Cross High is expected to be complete in May 2015.
The current goals are based on minimal information and will likely change and be refined as design and construction processes progress, according to the presentation.
The projections do not take into account unforeseen items such as wetlands, poor soils, agency approval delays, environmental items, utility availability material or labor shortages and so on.
The school system will select architects, engineers and contractors then participate in the design and construction processes. The district will hold community meetings when appropriate.
Community representatives involved in some of the planning include:
• Jane Pulling, Chad Vail, John Matthews, of the Yes4Schools Committe
• TheRev. Barnes, the Rev. Harkness, and the Rev. Love of AME Ministerial Association
•Eddie and Christine Brown of the St. Stephen IGA
•Kimo Esary, Goose Creek City Council
•Elaine Morgan, Berkeley Chamber of Commerce
•Mary Graham, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
• Rita Berry, Summerville/Dorchester Chamber of Commerce
• Richard Kizer, Santee Cooper
• Todd Sutton, Peace Presbyterian Church
• Marc Fenton, Bushy Park/BP Industries
• Laura Dolloff, InTown
•Ann Marconi, Charleston Trident Association of Realtors
•Philip Ford, Charleston Homebuilders’ Association
• School SIC and PTA Representatives