Plans unveiled for new Tanner/ Foster Creek area elementary school

Plans unveiled for new Tanner/ Foster Creek area elementary school

HANAHAN, SC (WCSC) - Nearly 100 people eagerly heard plans for the new Tanner/Foster Creek area elementary school Tuesday evening.
The meeting, held at Goose Creek primary school, focused on the design of the new school that's expected to open for 2018-2019 school year, built on Williams Lane.

Many at the meeting were excited to see progress; however, some felt the plans weren't adequate.

"My concern with the new school is that it's already too small," said Kimberly Humphrey. "They're going to build it to hold 900 kids in an area that's already booming."

Humphrey explained Berkeley County schools are already overcrowded and the area is growing.

"It's a nightmare getting in and out of Goose Creek Primary in the morning and in the afternoon," said Humphrey. "It takes about 30 minutes to go 5 minutes."

Concerns like those were heard by school officials who explained Berkeley County is growing.

A US census showed it was the fastest growing county in South Carolina from the years 2010-2014.

School leaders explained this new school will help with that growth.

The plans include a two story building with a bike and pedestrian path leading from area neighborhoods.
The building will have several large rooms like the cafeteria and media room that will hold all 900 students at once.

Principle architect Ben Thompson, with AAG Associates, explained it will be built near wetlands, so they had to plan accordingly.
There's also a traffic study being done now to help with the design.

Mothers like Kristina Brooks were excited. She'll soon have her three kids at the new school.

"To see a two-story school, I kind of knew my daughters would be excited about that," said Brooks. "It will make them feel like a big kid."

Others are ready see progress.

"I am happy the new school is coming, I just wish it were bigger," said Humphrey.

While the school's name is undecided right now, many parents had suggestions.

"I think it would be appropriate to call it Foster Creek Elementary School," said Humphrey.

"Maybe like Hawk Elementary, or Hawks Nest," said Brooks.

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