NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Charleston County School District hopes to enhance the football experience by building a 6,000 seat stadium in North Charleston.
According to the school district, the county recently purchased 38 acres of land for $11.5 million. The proposed regional football stadium will be built right off of Dorchester Road and West Montague Avenue.
CCSD Chief Operating Manager, Jeff Borowy says the money comes from sales tax revenue.
“The land to buy the property was paid for with aid percent money,” said Borowy. “It’s money we received from taxpayers, but money that can’t be used for teachers or school operations.”
In 2014, Charleston County taxpayers passed a referendum. It allows a one-cent sales tax increase, and that money will go towards funding different school-related projects for the school district. That increase will go through 2022.
Although, some taxpayers believe the details of the project, including how much and where it will be built, was done in the dark.
“Real estate transactions need to be behind the scenes to make the best use of the taxpayers dollars,” said Borowy. “We want to minimize the competition pursuing a piece of land we pursue for the school district.”
Borowy reassured that nothing was done secretly with the intent to keep taxpayers out of the know, but solely to ensure that no one tried to pursue the land they had their eyes on.
According to Borowy, the stadium will be home to all North Charleston high school’s varsity and junior varsity football teams.
He also said the stadium won’t only be used for football, but also soccer, lacrosse, and band competitions. Borowy even mentioned that there may be a potential to rent the stadium out for concerts and events, but they would have to be approved by the board.
The district does not know when they will break ground.