Temporary relocation of 5 schools moves forward

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County school district is moving forward with the temporary relocation of five schools for the upcoming school year.

According to school officials, Memminger Elementary, James Simmons Elementary, Sullivan's Island Elementary and Buist and Charleston Progressive Academies would not withstand a strong earthquake.

The district says all media centers have been transferred to temporary locations. Offices and teacher boxes will be finished moving this week.

Parents with students at these schools can check out bus and shuttle schedules on the district's website.

The plan is to relocate the students temporarily, rebuild the unsafe schools and then let the students return.

"We believe in under promising and over delivering," said school board member Ruth Johnson. "We know that they will all be back in their new schools in three years, but we're hoping somewhere like two and a half years."

District staffers have worked six days a week to have the schools ready by August 18.

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