Tuesday, April 22, 2014
In November 2012 the site of the new Nexton Elementary School was selected, and now the lot has been cleared and construction is underway.
Representatives from Berkeley County, Berkeley County District Schools and MeadWestvaco (MWV) gathered April 21 to participate in the planned Nexton Elementary School's groundbreaking ceremony.
The new elementary school is set to open for the 2015-2016 school year. The site is being developed by MWV. Kenneth Seeger, president of MWV community development and land management, was among the speakers at the ceremony.
“We believe a world-class community needs a world-class school,” he said. “It really is a team effort. We're excited that great things are beginning to happen here in Nexton.”
The project is fueled by a $198 million, multi-year building and renovation plan. Connie Myers, capital projects manager for the school district, said the school measures in at 105,000 square feet, all one level.
“The fun part is taking a two-dimensional drawing and making it into a three-dimensional reality,” Myers said. “It's a big puzzle.”
The elementary school is one of many projects occupying the Nexton area. Nexton is a community design located near I-26 and Highway 17A in Summerville. The area is expecting new businesses such as a Carolina Ale House, as well as new apartments in the future.
The school is the first of nine projects the district is starting with the bond referendum.
“It's nice to get started,” Myers said.
The school is built to equip 900 students, though Berkeley County School Superintendent Rodney Thompson said at the start of its first school year the district is expecting 650 students so far.
Thompson said the school is much-needed to sustain the district's crowding schools; many students are in mobile units at schools, and for safety reasons it would be nice to get them out.
“We needed this school yesterday,” Thompson said before adding, “We're more relieved than excited because our schools are just overcrowded. We'll relieve a lot of stress.”