Hanahan council to discuss new school location

  • Thursday, December 5, 2013

A new elementary school is coming to Hanahan, but city leaders must first decide if the site picked by the Berkeley County School District is the right place.

The district has proposed a location in Tanner Plantation. BCSD made a request to rezone 10 acres in the planned development to allow for a school. This was voted down by seven of the 10 members of the Hanahan Planning Commission at its Nov. 5 meeting.

Council will address the issue at a Dec. 10 meeting, Hanahan City Administrator John Cribb said.

“The Planning Commission had issues with traffic concerns, density within that development, pedestrian access . . . there were a number of issues,” Cribb said.

City council members have not received much information yet, according to Cribb.

“City council wants to engage the public directly,” he said.

The city planned to host a public input session at Hanahan City Hall on Dec. 3.

BCSD is hosting an information session on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at Goose Creek Primary School (200 Foster Creek Rd.).

Berkeley County School District PIO Susan Haire said the meetings will address the zoning reclassification that is required to proceed with building a new school.

She said right now the goal is to make this a K – 5 school and convert Hanahan Elementary School back to a K - 5 as well.

Cribb said council should be more informed by its next meeting on Dec. 10, when it will be expected to discuss the school and perhaps make a vote on the rezoning.

“The city council still has a lot of questions they have not been able to ask yet,” Cribb said last week. “We’ve just been given an application with the site selected. The school district obviously has a right to do that.

“Obviously this is a big deal. You only get one chance to do this right. We want to make sure it’s not ready, aim, fire.

“It’s awesome we’re getting a new school. We’re really excited about that. We currently have some kids in Hanahan that aren’t allowed to go to Hanahan schools and we have kids on Daniel Island that go to Hanahan schools.

“Our Mayor (Minnie Newman-Caldwell) has been petitioning for years to allow Hanahan kids to go to Hanahan schools. We really want to work with them to figure out a school site.”

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