Since its beginnings in the early 1970’s, many residents of Tega Cay have hoped that there might one day be an elementary school that Tega Cay could truly call its own. While Gold Hill Elementary School has served the children of Tega Cay as a center of educational excellence for many years, many in Tega Cay have longed for a neighborhood elementary school facility that, by its proximity and design, can foster a greater sense of community within our City.
Several months ago, the Fort Mill School District acquired 20+ acres of property along Gold Hill Road, immediately adjacent to the City of Tega Cay. On this property, the Fort Mill School District intends to construct Elementary School #8 – the Tega Cay Elementary School. The proposed facility will be the first two story elementary school structure in the Fort Mill School District and is being designed to accommodate up to 1,100 students. The proposed school site design includes field space and recreation areas as well as significant natural “buffer” areas. One of the most unique features of the proposed site plan calls for an extended driveway area which will enable additional “double stack” staging for the pick-up and drop-off of children. By so doing, the Fort Mill School District intends to help diminish traffic impacts that the new school may introduce to Gold Hill Road. Also unique to the proposed site design are sidewalk and walking trail connection points which will allow parents to walk their children to and from school, if they so desire.
City Staff are currently conducting a study to determine if annexation of the school site into the City is advisable. The findings of this study will be presented to Council in the coming weeks. The Fort Mill School District anticipates that Elementary School #8 will be opened to students in the fall of 2012.
On behalf of the City Council and Staff of the City of Tega Cay, I wish to thank you for your ongoing support of our wonderful community.
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