District picks site for new IL high school

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142 acres on U.S. 521 to cost $5.2 million

By Hannah Strong


The Lancaster County School District has agreed to pay $5.2 million for 142 acres along U.S. 521 and will build the new Indian Land high school there, according to Superintendent Gene Moore.
The site is on the east side of 521 between Niven Road and Witherspoon Trail, across the highway from Steele Hill AME Zion Church and just north of Millstone Creek subdivision. It is nearly 5 miles south of Indian Land High School.
The entire tract is made up of four properties totaling 141.85 acres, and the contracted price is $5,269,900.
Moore said the location is perfect.
"We think it's an excellent site," he said. "It has direct access to Highway 521, and the property's large enough to give us the space we need for a high school and even for growth in the future."
A real estate agent has been working with the district since January to find the property, said district public information director David Knight.
The district plans to open the high school in three to four years.
Architect Jimmy Wilhide of Moseley Architects in Charlotte, North Carolina said he has done multiple layouts with staff, but no final floor plan has been selected.
The district already has property and a site plan for a new elementary school in Indian Land. The location is on 521 and was purchased in 2007. The elementary school floor plans will follow the Harrisburg Elementary School layout with minor changes.
The new elementary and high schools, which together will cost about $121 million, are needed because of the huge population growth in the Panhandle. County voters overwhelmingly approved a $199 million bond referendum in March to pay for the two schools and other building, technology and security projects throughout the school district.

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