SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - "Its changed, but its changed for the better, and I support the new school.," said a young teen at Sullivan's Island Council Meeting.
Young and old; almost everyone tonight said yes to building a bigger Sullivan's Island elementary school. Even those on council said if they could build it tomorrow, they would. The old school was torn down this summer because it was determined the it would not be able to withstand a major earthquake. Plans to build a new school twice as big have been in the works, but not without opposition.
"Now they're threatening a lawsuit and they're on their bullying pulpit, but were not going to take it anymore, " said Loren Ziff, a strong supporter of the new school.
Over 80 people were in attendance; one of the largest crowds at a town council meeting in recent memory according to council members. Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley said she attended because she wanted to see for herself what residents were saying.
"I heard passionate endorsements of this school not just parents, but people who believe the difference in a town and in a resort."
Only one person gave a differing opinion, but said he still wants a school built.
"I 100% want a school on the island, very respectful of those involved. I think if put it's in a different location on the island, maybe less in height, 20% less in cost, it would be better"
Opponents say the new 500 student magnet school is too big and doesn't match the character of the island. However, a Sullivan's Island design team has already approved the layout of the new school which is 72,000 square feet. McGinley says its necessary for Sullivan's Island Elementary to house more students.
"We just closed other schools under 300 students in other parts of the county so that was the discussion from the beginning."