Lexington-Richland 5 School Board approves land purchase on Amicks Ferry Road

The Lexington-Richland 5 School Board voted Monday night to move forward and purchase land along Amicks Ferry Road for a new elementary school in Chapin.

The Board voted 6 to 1 to purchase 23.79  acres on Amicks Ferry Road at Lake Tide Drive for $932,950.

The Board members voting in favor of the motion were Chairman Robert Gantt, Ellen Baumgardner, Michael Cates, Larry Haltiwanger, Beth Hutchison and Ed White. The Board member opposed was Jan Hammond.

The Lexington-Richland 5 School Board met Monday evening  to vote on whether the district should buy property for a new elementary school in Chapin.

More than two-dozen people participated in public comment the overwhelming majority against the purchase of the land on  Amicks Ferry Road citing district enrollment, as well as safety and traffic issues.

Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner shared a presentation outlining his reasons and recommendations for moving forward with the purchase.

The meeting required added security after the district said it received threats. An anonymous letter threatened district staff and one member of the school board. Richland County sheriff’s deputies checked bags and wanded some attendees upon entry Monday.

Opponents of the property purchase said they hope the board will hear and listen to their concerns. It is a chance for the board to explain the process.

ColaDaily’s Sandy Coots was at the meeting. ColaDaily will have a more complete report about the meeting later today.  ColaDaily Photos/Sandy Coots. 

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