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The brand-new Berkeley public school opens Aug. 17 in its 214,000-square-foot, $69.5 million campus just behind the burgeoning Point Hope neighborhood and Clements Ferry Road. It is among the more than $482 million worth of school construction and renovation projects tri-county districts hope to complete by 2020.

At Philip Simmons, the science labs have vaulted ceilings and windows for ample natural light. Classrooms are equipped with LCD SMART Boards, and the halls feature collaboration spaces with ample power outlets and the ability to connect Chromebooks to large flatscreens.

Authorized under the statewide S.C. Public Charter School District, Mevers is on track to open Aug. 22 at 7750 Henry E. Brown Blvd. in Goose Creek. The school initially will serve kindergarten through sixth grade, expanding in coming years to include the seventh and eighth grades. The building was privately financed, so the cost is not publicly available.

In May 2018, Bowen’s Corner Elementary School will open. Originally slated for the fall of 2015 as one of the first referendum bond projects, the long-awaited school serving the Tanner Plantation and Foster Creek area is now among the final projects awaiting completion. After years of technical difficulties and a dispute over the land purchase between the school district and Hanahan city government, the school is now on track to open for the 2018-19 school year with space for 780 students at a total cost of $34.1 million.

In August 2018, Foxbank Elementary School is expected to be completed. The $22.4 million school is being built on 20 acres in Moncks Corner’s Foxbank Plantation neighborhood near U.S. Highway 52, and school officials project it will open in time for the 2018-19 school year. Charleston County

Also this month, the Early College High School — billed as the first of its kind in the county — will occupy part of Trident Technical College Palmer Campus in downtown Charleston. Its students may take dual-credit courses alongside college students at Trident, working toward a high school diploma while also earning college credits that could add up to as much as an associate degree upon graduation. The school is free to attend, and tuition for Trident classes is covered by the school district.

In December, renovations are expected to be done at Angel Oak Elementary. The Charleston County School Board approved $9.3 million in upgrades to address recurring problems at the 40-year-old Johns Island school, including leaky roofs and mold.

Next summer, work may be done on an East Cooper Regional Stadium. Attempting to find a compromise after residents of Carolina Park complained about potential noise and bright lights from the original planned stadium site on Carolina Park Boulevard, the district will now build a regional football stadium at a cost of $13 million on the site of an existing practice field and track facility on the Wando High campus.

In August 2019, work should finish on a new Stono Park Elementary. The aging elementary school in West Ashley has been demolished to make way for a new $26.6 million, 500-student school. Meanwhile, students will attend classes in the former St. Andrews Middle building on Wappoo Road.

In August 2020, Mount Pleasant is expected to see Lucy G. Beckham High, a new $94 million high school at Mathis Ferry and Whipple roads. The new school will hold about 1,500 students, relieving pressure from the behemoth Wando High, which could serve more than 4,700 students by 2020.

Meanwhile, Camp Road Middle School also should be finished on James Island by August 2020. The new $43 million school will serve all of James Island with an estimated population of 820 students. The island’s two middle schools — Fort Johnson and James Island — already have merged on the James Island Middle campus while the construction of the new school takes place at the old Fort Johnson site.

While Dorchester County doesn’t have a new school opening this fall, its Oakbrook Elementary and Middle schools have been enlarged. Classroom additions at the adjacent schools in Ladson are among the latest projects to be funded by a 2012 voter-approved $179 million project. The additions cost $4.9 million.

Summerville High School also will see a new Career and Technology Education wing, opening for this school year at a cost of $5.2 million. Additional CATE space is planned to be built across the parking lot at the old district office by August 2018 for $4 million.

In December, Rollings Middle School of the Arts may have a new home near the emerging Summers Corner neighborhood. Housed for years in the aging former home of Summerville High near downtown, the district-wide magnet school is expected to have its new campus this winter, with the auditorium to be completed by June 2018. The total cost is $28.1 million.

Also this winter, the Dorchester District 2 staff expect to move into the old brick Summerville High building once Rollings moves out and $1.9 million worth of renovations are completed there. Because of construction delays for the new Rollings, district employees have moved into a temporary home in trailers behind Knightsville Elementary.

In January 2019, a new $19.9 million aquatics center near Fort Dorchester High is expected to open. It will feature an Olympics-size 50-meter swimming pool and a smaller 25-meter pool and is being built with the city of North Charleston. The district’s contribution is $7.5 million. Dorchester District 4

When classes start back on Aug. 22, Clay Hill Elementary students are expected to return to an expanded school. The school district completed its final project from a 2014 bond referendum this summer, including a $3.2 million gymnasium and classroom addition at Clay Hill Elementary in Ridgeville.