Leaders with the Lancaster County school district will begin planning for a massive construction package after an overwhelming voter approval of a $199 million school bond.
Official results show 5,420 voters, or 74.2 percent, cast ballots in favor of the bond issue, and 1,885, or 25.8 percent, were opposed, according to the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Elections Office.
School board chairman Bobby Parker said the board will gather soon for a planning session to set priorities. The proposed projects include a new high school and elementary school in the fast-growing Indian Land area.
Leaders said the district owns more than 30 acres for the proposed elementary school on U.S. 521 south, but it will have to locate and purchase land to build a high school in the area.
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“That’s where the growth is, in the elementary school,” Parker said. “We have grown by leaps and bounds there.”
Superintendent Gene Moore said the elementary school – expected to serve about 970 students – will take about two years to complete. Plans call for adapting an existing school design.
“That has the potential to move very quickly and is really the most pressing one for us,” Moore said.
He said a new high school, to replace Indian Land High School, will probably take about three years, with a year for the design and two years for construction. He said the district needs to buy 80 to 100 acres.
“We have been looking for a while,” he said.
Moore said the bond will meet other needs, too.
“I am so pleased the voters across Lancaster County saw the need and supported the need,” he said. “This bond does a lot of things across our district.”
The bond package will pay for security and technology upgrades, improvements to all high school athletic facilities, construction of multipurpose facilities and playground and kitchen upgrades.
The district’s plans for Indian Land are to transition what will be three elementary schools to serve kindergarten through fourth grades, an existing middle school building to serve fifth and sixth grades, and the existing high school building to house grades seven and eight.
Jennifer Becknell: 803-329-4077
LANCASTER COUNTY SCHOOL BOND PROJECTS
▪ A new high school in Indian Land
▪ A new elementary school in Indian Land
▪ Safety and security upgrades district-wide, including traffic pattern improvements
▪ Technology upgrades at all middle schools, high schools and the Barr Street Learning Center
▪ Athletic facility upgrades at all high schools
▪ Elementary school playground improvements at all schools
▪ Kitchen equipment and renovations at eight schools
▪ Renovations and additions to eight elementary schools
▪ A multipurpose facility to serve Andrew Jackson High and Andrew Jackson Middle schools
▪ Multipurpose facilities at Lancaster and Buford high schools
▪ Relocation of the main offices and renovations to the technology center at Lancaster High School