Parents concerned Mount Pleasant needs new school due to growth

By Stacy

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- Elizabeth Gordon and her husband chose to live in Mount Pleasant because it had great schools, she said. But now she worries the schools won't remain great for long.

"The people keep coming. There aren't enough school seats in Mount Pleasant for the students that already live here," said Gordon, mother to 7-year-old Gracie.

In fact, in the school district's 2011-2016 master plan it predicted half of its Moultrie District 2 schools would be over capacity by 2016.

School board member Elizabeth Moffly said she wanted to address the issue by building a new school in north Mount Pleasant. The school board already owns a plot of land in Carolina Park for that purpose; it included it in its 2005-2009 master plan. But the Charleston County School District hasn't done anything with the land.

Moffly proposed nixing the new Sullivan's Island Elementary School and instead build one in north Mount Pleasant.

"The issue I see is Sullivan's Island has been taken care of with the issue of its life safety being taken care of in the old Whitesides," Moffly said.

Gordon agreed with the solution.

"Those schools are busting at the seams. There isn't room for one more student there. The children are in mobile classrooms," she said.

The District hopes to build a new school soon in Carolina Park, according to CCSD spokesman Jason Sakran. He said an elementary school of comparable size could cost around $30 million. CCSD staff hoped to include it in the next building plan, which would be implemented in 2017.

Gordon hoped the district will take action soon, or else she fears Gracie may spend the rest of her school years learning in trailers.