CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County School Board voted Thursday to put the construction of a new Lincoln High School on a list of improvement projects that would be funded by the one-cent sales and use tax.
The district was looking to re-design McClellanville Middle School into a high school, but parents and town officials said that was unacceptable. They say they deserve a new school.
"We are tired of hand-me-downs," says Carolyn Smalls, a McClellanville resident. "We want a new school."
"That's my alma mater," says Audrey Smith. "I am proud graduate, 1977. That school means the world to me."
The Charleston County School Board voted 5-to-3 to put the measure on November's ballot referendum.
Thursday's discussion followed a more contentious gathering Tuesday in McClellanville. It was that town hall meeting that prompted the last minute school board meeting.
"The children are being left out and behind, and when they are not really prepared when they finish Lincoln because the courses at Wando are different from what we have at Lincoln High School," says Awendaw Mayor Miriam Green. "There is no comparison."
A site for the high school hasn't been determined, but parents say they are open to the location. Some say they would like to see it built closer to Mt. Pleasant.
"If they give us a new school in Awendaw, that's like a halfway point," explains Smith. "Other children can be transported to Lincoln High School. We can get some of the same qualities that other schools have. Our kids can get the same education."
"The property is already there and we welcome it. Bring it on! Bring it to Awendaw. We want it there."