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Yes 4 Schools Campaign in full swing for new CCSD building projects

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

Half a billion dollars worth of school building projects will be on the ballot next month. Nearly three dozen projects make up the wish list for the Charleston County School District.

On Wednesday, local leaders joined in on the campaign to gain your vote. They're saying the new schools will help prepare kids for jobs in this region.

"We have to prepare these kids," said North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey.

Summey says voters have a chance to make a difference.

"If you don't vote, you don't have a voice on anything you do. In my opinion, if you don't take the time to vote, you shouldn't take the time to complain," said Summey.

Local leaders say extending the penny sales tax would help prepare more kids for jobs in this area.

"Our economy in the town of Mount Pleasant is going to depend on a skilled work force," said Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page.

If passed, 35 school projects will be built in Charleston County.

The group says technology has to be upgraded in addition to solving the problem of too many students.

Charleston City Councilman William Gregorie said, "If we don't provide the kind of facilities to nurture the education pursuits, then our cities will be behind."

The Charleston Metro Chamber is also backing the Yes 4 Schools Campaign, a group of community business leaders.

"If we don't do this right now, we're going to end up with a property tax increase later. The current projection would show that we would double our property taxes," said Patrick Bryant, chair of Yes 4 Schools Campaign.

The project list also has the full support of the school board.

"We particularly like reducing debt. We like not adding debt. The pay as you go concept is really good," said board chair, Cindy Bohn Coats.

If passed, the penny sales tax will automatically end after six years. The school district is expected to gain over half a billion dollars in revenue to pay for the projects during that time frame.

School board members are still working to rank the 35 projects in order of importance.

Board chair Cindy Bohn Coats says they will use population growth as a guide to deciding which projects are at the top of the list.

Final Project List: Projects are not listed in order of importance.

District


Project Name


Budget





D2


New E. Cooper HS (1200/1500 students @Wando South)   

$81,800,000
 D10

New C.E. Williams MS (900/1200 on WAHS property

$44,200,000
  D3   

New Ft. Johnson MS (Site adapt LMS at 900/1,200)

$43,000,000
 D10
New W. Ashley Ctr. Adv. Studies (CTE Building on WAHS property)
$42,700,000
D4

New North Region (Garrett) CAS

$42,7000,000
  D2   

New Carolina Park ES (900/1200 Site Adapt JMES)

$41,000,000
D4

Replacement of Burns ES (New CD-5, 500 students)

$25,800,000
D4

Replacement of Dunston ES (New CD-5, 500 student)

$22,600,000
D3

James Island CHS (New CTE and Comp. Gym)

$21,000,000
D4

New N. Charleston Football Stadium (6,000 seats)

$14,200,000
D23

Baptist Hill CTE

$8,900,000



D9

Haut Gap MS (100 student expansion)

$8,300,000
D2

New shared HS stadium for East of Cooper Stadium (6,000 seats)

$8,100,000
D20

Mitchell ES (Renovate existing facility)

$7,900,000
D1
Advance Design for replacement of a 9-12 HS to replace Lincoln HS at a site TBD
$5,000,000
D4

*Purchase property for elem./middle school needs in N. Charleston

$6,500,000
D1

Renovate St. James Santee for Middle Grades

$2,500,000
D20

James Simons (Upfit 3rd Floor for MS)

$2,500,000
D10

New Carolina Bay ES (Advance Design for 900/1200)

$1,500,000
D20

District 20 MS (Advance Design for 450 student MS)

$1,500,000
D3

Murray-LaSaine Montessori (Renovate Annex)

$1,000,000
D20

District 20 MS (Demo Rhett and Construct a new 450 student MS)

$22,000,000
D20

New Charleston Developement Academy

$18,000,000
D2
Expand Moultrie MS (add 300-seats)
$15,000,000
D4

Addition to Hursey

$5,000,000
D2

Land for 4th MS (25 acres near S.R. 17)

$4,900,000
D1

Replace Lincoln HS 9-12 at a site TBD*

$30,000,000
D4

Morningside MS (Advance Design for a new 900 student MS)

$1,500,000
D9

Haut Gap ES (Advance Design for a new 500 student ES)

$1,500,000
D10

Ashley River CAES (Grades 6-8 Addition) (Advance Design)

$1,000,000
D10

Advance Design for New W. Ashley MS Replacement

$1,000,000
D20

Improvements to Stoney Field

$1,000,000
D4

New Ingelside ES (750 students) Advance Design

$1,000,000
D20

Charleston Development Academy Advanced Design

$500,000

D20

District 20 Early Childhood (Advance Design)

$500,000

Grand Total Project List - $531,100,00                                                                                                               

Anticipated Revenue- $501,000,000

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