Sires Elem receives final permit

  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bob Folkman is excited about the next Dorchester District Two board meeting; when he provides his construction update he can tell the board and audience members that he is no longer waiting on a land disturbance permit for Sires Elementary.

“I can’t wait until the next board meeting when I can report we’re underway,” he said.

Folkman, the capital improvements facilitator for the district, reported Aug. 11 that one of the new elementary schools was falling behind schedule because of a missing land disturbance permit, which was preventing the start of construction.

That final land disturbance permit was supposed to come in at the end of July or beginning of August. However, at the Aug. 11 board meeting, Folkman said that permit would not arrive until the end of the month.

Instead of waiting until the end of August that permit is now in – it arrived Aug. 13.

Folkman told The Summerville Journal Scene on Aug. 18 that officials would start surveying that same day and equipment should arrive this week.

Workers will start knocking down trees and putting in a temporary road to access the site.

Folkman said it will still take 45-60 days before any actual construction work happens.

“Once they get the land cleared and graded then we’ll update the schedule,” Folkman said.

All three elementary schools are scheduled to open in August 2015, in time for the 2015-2016 school year. Superintendent Joe Pye had expressed concern that Sires wouldn’t open on time, but board member Sam Clark said he is feeling better about it.

“I’m a little bit more optimistic that we can get things rolling,” he said. “It’s just ironic because that’s the one site we owned up front before everything else, and that’s the one we’ve had most difficulty with.”

Clark said he will rely on Folkman’s expertise with construction and said it is a good thing construction will not be delayed another month.

“Bob will be aggressive about pursuing this thing and I think contractors are anxious to get rolling,” he said. “We’re in a better place than we were at our last meeting.”

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