A ceremony was held last Thursday, May 20, 2019, to celebrate the construction of the new C.E. Williams Middle School in West Ashley. Shovels were briefly replaced by signatures as students and officials from the school and Charleston County School District signed a beam that was raised and put in position. This commemorative gesture represents the last beam being placed atop a structure to “top off” construction. Speakers included Kevin Smith (C.E. Williams Principal), Dr. Gerrita Postlewait (Superintendent of Schools), The Honorable John Tecklenburg (Mayor of the City of Charleston), Rev. Dr. Eric Mack (Chair of the CCSD Board of Trustees), Rodney Lewis (District 10 Constituent Board Chair) and Dr. Joseph Williams (Executive Director of Middle Learning Community). There was also a musical performance compliments of the C.E. Williams Seventh and Eighth Grade Competition Choir. The new 137,227 square-foot, 900-student, two-story facility is set to open in August of 2020, replacing an aging 1950’s facility. It is located on an educational campus with adjacent high school library and future Career Center serving the high school.
“May this building provide them with a physical environment that will shelter, nurture and prepare them for great things to come and to be a place of which we can all be proud.” – Principal Kevin Smith