One lowcountry community is getting two new schools. Yesterday the Beaufort County Board of Education gave the green light to build a new high school and K-8 school in Bluffton.
The new high school will go on a tract of land on New Riverside road in Bluffton. That's near where May River road and Highway 170 intersect.
While the K-8 school will be down the street.
"Lets do what needs to be done for our future, and the future is two schools, and I'm glad they came to that decision last night,"said parent, Heidi Hanson.
Hanson is one of several Bluffton parents--who over the past year-- have helped shape how their community will grow, and the answer seems to be two new schools.
"We hadn't heard about this plan until the last Beaufort County School Board meeting, and I think when we saw everything out on paper, and saw how it evened-out the numbers, and kept Bluffton kids in Bluffton, and it was a long-term plan, we were all very happy about it. There was a lot of clapping and standing ovations."
And they should be cheering because not only will this keep kids in Bluffton---the new schools will be on property already owned by the district, and wont cost taxpayers any more money.
"It actually will not require a tax increase, because we have capacity within our 8% facility funding to build the high school, and we have $25 million remaining in a bond referendum to build the Davis road elementary school," said Superintendent, Dr. Jeffery Moss.
For Heidi Hanson she doesn't care where her 6th-graders end up as long as they stay in Bluffton
"I personally don't have a preference in terms of when they get to high school, which high school they go to. All of the schools in Bluffton are wonderful, I will be confident no matter which school they go into, I may have to drive further to one than the other, but I'm glad I have the option."
The new schools are expected to be completed by December 2015. As for student zoning and assignments, that is yet to be determined, but officials say that is something the board will look into in the coming months--with parent input.
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