Sullivan's Island residents debate more school designs

SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - With a careful eye residents of Sullivan's Island are inspecting every inch of the most recent designs proposed for their elementary school.

Elizabeth Marquis lives on the island with her young family and said the designs look better each time she sees it. "It's a clean look. I think the kids are going to really benefit from having the playground underneath. It's one way to utilize space," said Marquis.

Space and size of the proposed elementary school is something most residents still disagree on. The school needs to accommodate 500 students, but some fear making the building so big will ruin the historic island.

People opposed to the plans for the school didn't want to talk on camera but told Live 5 News even the new designs are still too large. Now weekly meetings with the architects, the building and construction committee, and the public are needed to try to reach drawing that will satisfy both parties.

"What we've done is week by week, here are the comments take them back re-study and come back the following week with additional refinement," said Jerry English, project Architect.

Town Council members are hopeful these new designs will continue to push the building issue in the right direction.

"This process is an open process it's an ongoing process and we still haven't seen the final design of the school," said Jerry Kaynard.

Sullivan's Island town council will meet next Tuesday at 6 p.m. when the architects are expected to give an update on the building. The public is also invited to comment on the designs at that meeting.

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