CCSD Board votes in favor of pay raise and Mt. Pleasant stadium

CCSD Board votes in favor of pay raise and Mt. Pleasant stadium
July 17 22:12 2017 Print This Article

The Charleston County School District (CCSD) Board voted 5 -2 Monday to build a new football stadium on the Wando High School campus. Board members Cindy Coats, Eric Mack, Michael Miller, Chris Staubes, and Kate Darby voted yes. Board members Kevin Hollinghead and Chris Collins voted no. Board members Todd Garrett and Priscilla Jeffrey were absent.

The CCSD staff presented two options to the Mt. Pleasant community for a football stadium. Option 1 was to build a regional stadium on land purchased in the Carolina Park neighborhood adjacent to the Wando campus. The Carolina Park residents were opposed to this because of the traffic, noise, and lights. Option 2 was to build a football stadium on the Wando campus on what is currently a practice field and track facility. CCSD Chief Operating Officer Jeff Borowy informed the board that Carolina Park development requirements would boost the cost by $6.8 Million. Option 1 would cost $25.5 million versus a $13 Million price tag on the Wando campus. The cost led board members to choose option 2.

The board approved a second and final reading to increase the pay for board members from $25 a meeting to $14,400 a year effective July 1, 2017. The measure also includes a raise of the eight Charleston County constituent district school boards from $20 a meeting to $7200 per year. The approximately $250,000 in school board pay for the budget year which ends December 31, 2017 can be covered by the school district’s $30 million reserve fund.

Board members Chris Collins. Kevin Hollingshead, Michael Miller, and Eric Mack voted for the pay increase. Kate Darby and Chris Staubes voted against it. Cindy Coats abstained. Board members Todd Garrett and Priscilla Jeffrey were absent.

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