Officials break ground on new Harbor View Elem.

JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- School officials and students gathered in the brisk morning air Monday to break ground on the new Harbor View Elementary school facility.The new building, to be built on Harbor View Road on James Island, will have classrooms to accommodate 600 students in grades K through 5 and feature updated technologies and resources. The school is also designed to be more sustainable and energy efficient."Much like the change in the weather, today's occasion reminds us that things do evolve and they transform," said Charleston County School District Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley. "Especially as we prepare these beautiful new facilities, we know that Harbor View Elementary will continue to grow and evolve throughout the years."Construction on the new school is estimated to cost $26.5 million."The opportunity for a new school comes along once every 40 to 50 years," said{} James Island Constituent District 3 Board Chairperson Rhonda Walters. "The construction of the new school brings hope, possibilities and great expectations for everyone, students, parents, teachers, administrators and the Charleston community."

According to a monthly report on CCSD's website, completion of the school is expected by June 2014. Students are using the old Stiles Point Elementary school campus during construction.