Berkeley County School District releases designs for new school

Published: Jan. 23, 2015 at 3:38 AM EST
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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Some big changes ahead in Berkeley County. Your child may be attending a brand new school in the next few years. Thursday night, at Goose Creek Primary School, residents got to take a peak at the new designs.

"Very excited about the new school," said Courtney Humbert, a resident in Hanahan. 

"I think when it's built we'll have something to be proud of," said Mike Cochran, a resident in Hanahan. 

By the 2016-2017 school year, a $22 million school should be up and running on Williams Lane in Hanahan. A school that the district says is much needed.

"The best schools are schools that can flow efficiently with the right number of kids in the classroom," said Chip Sturgis, Public Information Officer for the Berkeley County School District.

Right now many classrooms in Berkeley County are packed with students. 

In Hanahan Elementary, you have around 1,300 students with a capacity for only 900. At Goose Creek Primary School, there's around 1,100 students. Both schools are overcrowded. The district says the new school, which has not yet been named, will hold 900 kids, and will hopefully keep classrooms less packed. 

"The early childhood years you need to have a smaller student to teacher ration," said Cochran.

"Some of them are learning in trailers and things like that. It has to be detrimental," said Humbert. 

While many parents are eager for the district to break ground, others are concerned about traffic problems. 

"There is going to be a tremendous traffic problem that we already have. Whoever is doing the planning here is ignoring the citizens' concerns about the traffic issues," said Jim Rowan, a resident in Hanahan. 

"There shouldn't be a concern about traffic. We are going to do everything we can to make sure the traffic flows in and out of the school efficiently," said Sturgis. 

The school will be two floors and have recreational fields as well. It will be Pre-K through fifth grade. The district says the goal for this school is to position the area for for further growth and development.

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