A “topping off” ceremony was held Thursday, May 30, 2019, to celebrate the construction of the new C.E. Williams Middle School in West Ashley. 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 during its construction.
The new 137,227 square-foot, 900-student, two-story facility is located at 3090 Sanders Road. The contractor for the $53.3 million project is Cumming, and LS3P is the architect. The school is scheduled to open in August 2020.
C.E. Williams was established in 1968 and named after Chalmers Elliott Williams who served as the Superintendent of St. Andrew’s Parish School District District 10 from 1943 to 1975. Principal Kevin Smith, a native of Charleston, attended the middle school when he was a child.
“It was at CEW that I developed confidence in my artistic talent which led me to obtain a degree in visual arts and I returned to CCSD to teach,” said Smith. “As life does, the twists and turns have led me back to CEW. Having the opportunity to be a part of building a school that helped build me is an honor.”
Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait said the district is committed to creating and maintaining the best possible learning and work environments. “Our Board of Trustees has been responsive to facilities needs and ensuring our students have state-of-the-art facilities to learn,” said Dr. Postlewait. “This is a milestone in the school’s long history and a well-deserved upgrade for the students and the community.” Smith said he hopes that the new building becomes an integral part of the community as it prepares learners for high school, college, and careers.
“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,” said Smith For more information about the ceremony or C. E. Williams Middle School, please contact Principal Kevin Smith at (843) 763-1529.