New C.E. Williams building dedicated

New C.E. Williams building dedicated
May 30 11:44 2019 Print This Article

A dedication ceremony for the C.E. Williams Middle School was held Thursday at its new home next to West Ashley High School and the upcoming Bees Ferry West Ashley Library. The 137,000 square foot facility is scheduled to open in August 2020. The school will open with a capacity for 900 students with the option to expand to 1200. C.E. Williams 7th and 8th grade students in the competition choir, under the direction of teacher Lauren Willner, sang the national anthem and performed a 70s medley at the ceremony.

C.E. Williams principal Kevin Smith notes that the school was founded in 1968 and named after St. Andrews Parrish School District 10 Superintendent Chalmers Elliott Williams. Smith attended the school himself and said that the outstanding arts programs there inspired him to become at art teacher. The school, classified as a partial magnet school, maintains a focus on the arts and technology.

Smith says a lot of the design concepts incorporated into the school were inspired by the Learning Environment for Tomorrow seminar he attended at Harvard. He said the school is designed specifically to meet the needs of middle school students. The 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will attend classes in three two-story grade-level buildings. Each grade will have its own multi-purpose room for projects, performances and presentations. The grades will share a cafetorium, a large gymnasium, and expansive athletic fields. Technology will play a major role in classroom instruction.

The official address for C.E. Wiliams will be 3090 Sanders Road. It will connect to the Carolina Bay subdivision and will also be accessible from Wildcat Boulevard. The $53 million building project is funded by the 1% school construction sales tax approved by Charleston County voters in 2014.