fort dorchester high

School district, county government in South Carolina join forces on library/media center

April 26, 2021
Dorchester County and Dorchester School District 2 will share a library/media center that will be built at Fort Dorchester High in North Charleston.

Dorchester County, S.C., and Dorchester School District 2 are joining forces to build a $6.2 million on joint-use media center and library at Port Dorchester High School in North Charleston.

The Charleston Post and Courier reports that officials have approved a memorandum of understanding between the district and county for the project.

“A lot of people worked to get this accomplished,” said County Councilman George Bailey.  

The facility will be west of the aquatic center in front of Fort Dorchester High School. It will consist of a 5,000-square-foot media center and a 10,000-square-foot library.

The two spaces will function separately when required and as a single facility to benefit the community as a whole. The joint-use library will be designed so that high school students and the public will have access to the buildings during school hours.

Council Chairman Bill Hearn says the project is part of a growing trend of collaboration between the school system and county government.

Two representatives from the library, two from the school district and two from the county will select a design team, and the project should be completed 18 months after construction starts, says county spokeswoman Tiffany Norton.

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