Berkeley County School District will spend $2 million to begin planning and pre-construction work for a Hanahan elementary school.

During the Nov. 15 meeting of the school board, board members approved staff's recommendation to contract with Aiken construction firm H.G. Reynolds Co. for the early site package for Bowen's Corner Elementary. That package will include the guaranteed maximum price for the total project, which will be presented at a later date.

The school is proposed to be two-stories, with the younger grades on the first floor. The school is planned to be 99,263 square feet for 780 students with room to expand up to 900 students.

Originally slated to open in August 2016, the $22-million school is now expected to open in 2017. It’s the only referendum project that has experienced significant delays. Most of those delays were due to property acquisition.

Earlier this year, the school board approved attendance lines for the pre-K through fifth grade school. The school will have room to expand up to 900 students.

An attendance map is available at, under the “Community” tab.