CCSD board votes to build stadium at Wando High School campus

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County School Board has voted to put a stadium at the Wando High School campus.

On Monday, the board voted to terminate a contract that would put the East of the Cooper Regional Stadium at Carolina Park.

The original option was a 6,000-seat stadium in the Carolina Park neighborhood, but neighbors opposed that plan because of traffic and noise concerns.

During a community meeting last week, the board presented a new option for a football stadium for Mount Pleasant area high schools: constructing it at the new Wando High School, adding around the existing practice field and track.

During Monday's CCSD Board of Trustees meeting, there was nearly an hour of discussion over the stadium's location with one member saying the cost difference should be taken into account.

"Twenty-five-and-a-half million dollars, that's a lot of money. Option two, the one behind Wando is $13 million," Board Member Chris Staubes said. "That's a big number when it comes to our kids."

Some parents left feeling confused since the option of putting the stadium on Wando campus was just brought up the previous week.

"We've been told for months it was going to be built in Carolina Park and we were happy and excited about that," Alethea Setser said.

"At this point, it's kind of nice they're going to get a stadium. It's just unfortunate construction is going to start when the school year starts," Setser said.

One Carolina Park resident said he was relieved the stadium would not be in his community,

"This is an option we've actually been pushing since January and we're just thrilled the board came around to that way of thinking and decided to go that route," one Carolina Park resident said.

Most parents had the same mindset that they would just be happy their kids would have a place to play.

"I'm okay with it being on the campus versus nothing happening for 2018, and another season of kids not having a field nearby," Maria Hurley said.

The stadium is expected to be completed by the 2018 school year.

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