Sully's Scoop: What's with the entrance gate to Wando High School?

  • Saturday, August 9, 2014

Q. Does Mount Pleasant Waterworks have anything to do with the Service Line Replacement Programs being offered by SCE&G and/or HomeServe?

A. “HomeServe and SCE&G's mail solicitations are not affiliated with or endorsed by Mount Pleasant Waterworks. Mount Pleasant Waterworks is currently working to develop a separate Service Line Care Program that will provide coverage for both residential water and wastewater service lines for $4 per month. Our program will be administered and managed by Mount Pleasant Waterworks.

“We anticipate our program becoming available fall 2014 and Mount Pleasant Waterworks' customers will be notified directly by Mount Pleasant Waterworks. So look forward to the exciting opportunity this program will provide each residential customer.” – Dionna L. Ebeling, Communications Coordinator, Mount Pleasant Waterworks

Q. Can you find out why Wando High School has installed a very imposing guard gate with guard house at the entrance? Is the school unsafe? Has there been trouble unknown to the public? Are other high schools doing the same? I have not noticed anything at the Park West schools. What's next, barbed wire? I'm very concerned. – Donnie Wingard, Mount Pleasant

A. “Student safety is our No. 1 priority. We have always been a very safe school, but we are constantly seeking ways to improve in that area. Having the ability to control access and traffic on the campus enhances our overall campus security. During morning and afternoon high-traffic times of student arrival and dismissal, traffic will flow freely.

“Having a Welcome Center at our main entrance on Tomahawk Trail allows us to monitor and assist our visitors and manage vehicular traffic. School staff will be able to greet visitors and direct them to parking areas and campus buildings. With the opening of the Center for Advanced Studies on the front of the campus, the Auto Technology Center on the rear of the campus, and the Horticulture Center off Warrior Way, Wando is no longer one building but rather a campus with several different buildings. During class exchanges, students will move across the campus to the various areas for their classes. We will also have a new entrance from Park Avenue leading to our west parking area near the gymnasium. Once the school day begins, the other entrances will be closed and all visitors will enter on Tomahawk Trail.” – Lucy G. Beckham, Principal, Wando High School

Q. Perhaps one of your reporters would like to investigate the need for some shade mechanisms for those who must weather the elements while waiting for public bus service where there are no buildings or trees. I have noticed that the stops for Highway 17 at Six Mile Road (Goodwill, Harris Teeter, et al.) and at Wando Crossing (old Wal-Mart) are especially needed. These people must stand in the heat and pouring rain with no cover. We spent thousands of dollars on beautiful trees along 17, but none are where the bus passengers can stay cool or dry while waiting. – Sheryll Johnson, Mount Pleasant

A. “We want to see more seating and shelters, as well. CARTA has a $450,000 program to install bus shelters this year, and each shelter costs about $25,000. The authority selects locations based on a ranking process that prioritizes based on number of passengers. Mount Pleasant had two locations in the top 25. The Town of Mount Pleasant has included shelters as a requirement of new development and has funded benches for three stops, including one at Wando Crossing (the old Wal-Mart) on the inbound side. The town has also committed to a fourth bench, if the property owners agree.

“CARTA, of course, would be happy to partner with the community – whether it's public agencies, private businesses or community groups – to fund new shelters. And we're glad this question was posed. The more people recognize the need for public transportation infrastructure, the better.” – Daniel Brock, CARTA spokesperson

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