New W. Ashley elementary school holds groundbreaking

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Reconstruction is underway for a cherished elementary school.

On Friday, groundbreaking was held for the construction of the new Stono Park Elementary school at 1699 Garden Street.

Mayor John Tecklenburg and school leaders were present for the symbolic event.

The new building will be constructed in the same location as the previous school building, which was demolished in 2017 after being open for over 60 years.

The building is set to be two stories with 75,000 square feet of space. It will be large enough to serve 500 students.

Katherine Ingelbrecht, who has been teaching at Stono for nearly 15 years, said she is excited to see the final product.

"We're like kids at Christmas with the anticipation," Ingelbrecht said. "We're looking forward to having the facilities that other schools have had and that we deserve."

Charleston County School Board member Michael Miller said it took a lot of hard work to get the new school approved.

"It took a lot of elbow pushing and compromising," Miller said. "But I'm glad we're here."

The new Stono Park Elementary School will cost about $25 million.

It is set to open in August 2019.

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