MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Parents listened closely as the committee tasked with creating a proposal laid out the vision for a second high school in Mt. Pleasant.
"A lot of people in Mt. Pleasant have grown up here, and they have a lot of allegiance to Wando, and it is a fantastic school, and so they want to see whatever we do at Wando replicated at a new high school," says committee chair, Kate Darby. "A lot of parents want to see, they're ready to see a new high school."
Darby says the high school would complement the curriculum at Wando, while offering some different courses and programs. The site the committee is considering is where the current Wando football stadium is, off of Mathis Ferry Road. Darby says a new regional stadium would be built at Wando.
"The district is moving towards a regional stadium concept, so I think we're all really excited about the idea of a brand new, state-of-the-art stadium that could handle a lot of sports up at Wando, and then both schools would be able to share that stadium."
Seventy-five-million dollars is the estimated cost for the new school. The revenue will come from the one-cent sales tax that passed in 2010. It will be up to voters to pass it again in November.
"I think Wando High School is very good," says Chris Sjolander, a parent. "They have great options. If the referendum didn't pass, I might more seriously look at a magnet school option."
"The amount of taxes we pay here, compared to other areas in the country, is minuscule, and we like it that way, but for a very small additional investment we can significantly impact the funding for these schools," says Eddie Potter, another parent who attended the meeting.
After the committee reviews all the public input, it will make a recommendation to Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley, who will then propose it to the school board.