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A new Mt. Pleasant high school is getting an expansion before construction crews even break ground on the new school. The Charleston County School Board gave approval to a new design for Lucy Beckham High School to accommodate 300 more students at the school off Mathis Ferry Road. Originally slated for a 1,200 student capacity, leaders in the district said with the rapid growth in the area, the town was in need of more room.

According to Anna Dassing, principal of the new school, architectural firm McMillan Pazdan Smith is on phase three of the design phase known as design development. In this phase, they include multiple disciplines to develop the design. Those other disciplines will include mechanical, electrical, and civil engineers. The next milestone in this effort is to meet with the Office of School Facilities to approve the design development plans before moving on to the final stage of design. Lucy Beckham High School will open August of 2020.