Running down school district's sales tax pitch 

Plan includes a little something for every party of Charleston County

The Charleston County School District will ask voters to support a new round of construction projects, including new and renovated schools throughout the district. The six-year program that would add a penny to the county's sales tax is expected to collect $450 million.

North Charleston capital projects include building new campuses for Chicora and Dunston elementary schools, as well as a new North Charleston Creative Arts magnet elementary school at the old Berry campus. The previous capital campaign included renovations at North Charleston High School, a new Stall High School campus, an expanded Military Magnet Academy, and the new Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science.

Downtown capital projects include a career technology facility at Burke High School and rebuilding James Simons and Memminger elementary schools and Buist and Charleston Progressive academies — each singled out due to seismic concerns. The previous capital campaign included rebuilding Rivers Middle School and rebuild Sanders Clyde Elementary and Middle School.

West Ashley capital projects include rebuilding St. Andrews Math and Science, Springfield, and Stono Park elementary schools, as well as a new Montessori Community School. The previous capital campaign included new campuses for Orange Grove Charter and Oakland Elementary schools and a new Asley River Creative Arts Elementary School.

Sea Island projects include rebuilding Harborview Elementary School and renovating Murray-Lasaine Elementary and Angel Oak Elementary, along with improvements at James Island Charter High School, including athletic improvements and a new fine arts facility. The previous capital campaign included the new Stiles Point Elementary School.

East Cooper capital projects include career technology facilities at Wando High School and rebuilding Laing Middle and Jennie Moore Elementary. The previous capital campaign included rebuilding Sullivan's Island Elementary School and new campuses for Wando High, Laurel Hill Primary, Moultrie Middle, Whitesides Elementary, and Mt. Pleasant Academy.

Districtwide capital projects include IT relocations to the district's emergency operation center, improved bus lots, athletic field improvements, seismic evaluations for six campuses, and land acquisition for future school sites.


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