The Charleston County School District is developing a standard for disposing of shuttered schools. The district closed five campuses this year under a countywide restructuring plan and has seen varied interest from groups looking to lease or buy the properties.
“We’re responding to offers,” says district Chief Financial and Operating Officer Michael Bobby. “We’re letting them know we’ll be back in touch once the process is fully developed.”
Board Vice Chairman Gregg Meyers says that the process should include public disclosures of available properties, prospective offers, and opportunities for competing bidders.
“We want it to be very routine,” he says. “Very methodical.”
Offers include a request from the Town of McClellanville for that community’s former middle school campus. There’s also several offers for Charlestowne Academy on Rivers Avenue, including interest from board member Chris Collins, for his church, and an offer to buy the property from the neighboring Jones Ford car dealership. There are also charter school programs eyeing the space. —Greg Hambrick