The Charleston County School District board approved a plan on Monday to build a new $24 million Stono Park Elementary facility at the former Garden Street site.
"Stono Park was supposed to be built in the 2010-2016 building program. It's the only project we didn't execute as it was on the ballot," board chair Cindy Bohn Coats said earlier on Monday. Coats said she was excited to make a move on this final project.
In fact, the vote comes after the project hit another roadblock in March over funding.
In 2010, voters approved a school one-cent sales tax increase to fund several school building projects. This included a multimillion dollar rebuild of Stono Park. Other schools now have new buildings and many felt the proposed $6 million renovation didn't suffice.
"We were told that we were generating about $6 million in the one cent sales tax so I figured that if we held off a few months we'd have enough to rebuild Stono Park," board member Michael Miller said.
Building staff now recommend building a 500 student facility at the former Stono Park site on Garden St. campus with a $24.8 million budget contingent upon attendance zone of 667 students.