CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — The Charleston County School District board unanimously approved a plan on Monday to rebuild Stono Park Elementary School.
The board voted 8-0 to approve a recommendation coming from the Operations Committee to construct a new 500 student Stono Park Elementary School at the Garden Street campus with a $24.8M budget. The plans are contingent upon an attendance zone of 667 students with no reduction in the number of students in Oakland and Springfield attendance zones.
“We are ready to provide a world-class facility to match the great educational program already in-place at Stono Park, and are confident that the constituent board can establish the attendance zones to keep this project on-track,” said Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait. D
During public comments Monday evening, Stono Park Elementary second grade teacher, Alexandra Rodis, read a thank-you letter from a fourth-grader at the school, Anna. Jamilah Frazier also thanked the board for voting for the rebuilding project, as did Julie Hord (a parent of two students at Stono Park).
In 2010, a building referendum was placed on the ballot, stating the penny sales tax would be used for constructing and equipping five schools in the Charleston County School District (CCSD). However, this led to years of debate when it came to Stono Elementary.
Earlier this year, the News 2 I-Team found the school board said they planned to only renovate the school, saying spending millions of dollars to rebuild didn’t make sens. In the meantime, the other four schools on the referendum saw brand new schools.
Monday night’s approved vote to rebuild Stono Park comes three months before the proposed building plan expired. Students who would normally attend Stono Park are placed in a swing school until the construction is finished. There is no word on when the multi-million construction project will begin.