NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Dorchester District 2 and the City of North Charleston have approved an aquatic center which will be built at Fort Dorchester High School.
Officials made the announcement Tuesday evening.
For Fort Dorchester High School swim coach Jaeson May, this project is a no brainer.
"We're surrounded by water down here," May said. "It's very important for everyone to learn how to swim."
Dorchester County voters approved $7.5 million for an aquatic center in 2012 and have waited for the facility to move forward and break ground ever since.
For years, DD2 high school's have been practicing in neighborhood and nearby facilities.
They'll soon share the aquatic center.
It will also be used to teach elementary school students how to swim in PE classes.
"It's exciting because not only for us coaches that we'll have a venue to compete in and practice in, but also for our younger kids who get the opportunity to do lessons," May said.
The project has run into a few road blocks, but Tuesday evening, North Charleston and DD2 officials met to discuss a joint agreement for the aquatic center.
DD2's board discussed the draft of a final agreement with the City of N. Charleston regarding the Aquatic Center. The North Charleston City Council also met separately to discuss the Aquatic Center agreement.
School board members say their priorities are providing a home for the district's three high school swim teams and teaching its elementary students how to swim.
"We're about providing quality of life for people in our communities," Mayor Keith Summey said.