Parents and teachers emotional at CCSD board meeting

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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - For the second straight school board meeting, people from the crowd were cheering and shouting over board members but instead their concerns were about Stono Park and Angel Oak elementary schools.

"We are trying to get a new school built for the students at Angel Oak," Coty Heydrick, Angel Oak's PTA president said. "Right now, we're slated for some very minor renovations that barely even scratch the surface of the issues we're having at the school."

Angel Oak Elementary School is 38 years old and is scheduled to get renovations from the 2011-2016 penny tax.

"We've got ceiling that's falling in on the students in the lunch room where they eat, German cockroaches crawling all over the place, mold in the classrooms, classrooms backing up when it rains and flooding," Heydrick said.

More than a dozen teachers from Stono Park Elementary School showed up to meeting and say they have similar issues. The school is scheduled to receive a $6 million renovation but worry that won't be enough.

"Other schools have maybe gotten preferential treatment or maybe it just feels that way to us but our students deserve a first class school," Katherine Engelbrecht, a fifth grade teacher at Stono Park said.

"We do not take money from one constituent area to feed another," Michael Bobby, CCSD's Acting Superintendent said. "We don't shortchange and area to give someone else preference. It's all based upon needs and requirements."

"For us to ask for $20 million when we've got football stadiums, $90 million being put into football stadiums in other parts of the county, I don't think we're asking for too much," Heydrick said.

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