Beaufort County school board approves school additions

Beaufort County school board approves school additions
Part of the $344 million bond referendum voters passed in November will create more space at River Ridge Academy and May River High School. (Source: WTOC)

BEAUFORT CO., S.C. (WTOC) - The Beaufort County School Board has set the max cost for expansions at two schools.

Part of the $344 million bond referendum voters passed last month will create more space at River Ridge Academy and May River High School. The board says $20.9 million is the most they are willing to pay for both projects.

Eventually, River Ridge Academy will get four more classrooms on each existing wing and add a third wing with eight classrooms, totaling 16 new classrooms. May River High School will get a new, two-story wing with 23 classrooms.

Early design work is already completed for the project. A Beaufort County spokesperson says the maximum price that was set on Tuesday was below the estimates set by a consultant.

No word yet on when the work is set to begin.

Beaufort County Superintendent Doctor Frank Rodriguez also announced a board of citizens that will make sure the board uses that $344 million correctly.

Rodriguez picked nine people from different backgrounds, including accountants, civil engineers, and project managers. He says he wanted a group that was completely independent from the school board.

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