Monday, May 20, 2013

CCSD Blames James Simons Community for Building Delays

Anyone paying attention knows that construction has been going great guns on the new Buist building slated to open next August. Neighbors have even complained regarding noise on the building site at night since March of 2012. Not so the three other District 20 buildings being seismically redone, in particular, not so for James Simons Elementary. While the new building is constructed, those students are getting up at 6 a.m. to be bussed to the old Brentwood campus near the intersection of Ashley Phosphate and I-26 and arriving home who knows when.

Now it turns out that Superintendent McGinley blames slowness at the Simons building site on its community. (You can't make this stuff up.) Any changes to original plans should be laid squarely at her doorstep, since she never listened to what the community desired in the first place.

And what caused the hurry at Buist? Those well-connected parents will raise hell if the school isn't finished on time; James Simons parents don't possess that amount of clout.

Will the delay hurt development of the Montessori program at James Simons? Well, it won't help.


Anonymous said...

Those students are also dealing with lockdowns as briefly reported in the paperr today. Can you imagine Buist parents at Brentwood dealing with a lockdown?
There's no doubt Buist has received more attention that the other schools and it's sad more research hasn't been done regarding that.

Anonymous said...

North Charleston expects this column to show equal support for expanidng Montessori options in our city.

Unknown said...

I'm all for it!

Downtown Parent said...

It's June 1st. There have been no rain delays. So does that mean the June 9 deadline for drying-in the building will be met? Or will the superintendent's office invent another reason for not opening the school on time?