Letters to the Editor - June 29, 2017
Bishop England to celebrate 20 years on Daniel Island
Next school year will be our 20th year on Daniel Island. The move from downtown Charleston brought many new opportunities and partnerships. The new campus allowed for improved and dedicated sports facilities for our award winning athletic program. The addition of tennis courts this summer will complete the original vision of the campus. The Bishop Thompson Performing Arts Center has not only become the center for the arts at Bishop England High School, it has served as a meeting place for St. Clare of Assisi Parish and the citizens of Daniel Island. The expanded campus enables us to provide excellent educational opportunities for our students with dedicated science labs, more classroom space, computer labs, a library and fine arts facilities. We have the room to grow and expand as we continue to address the needs of our students, parents and the Daniel Island community.
Bishop England High School has been blessed by the generosity of the Daniel Island community. From supporting our athletic programs, attending our drama and music productions, donating to the Green and White Fund and allowing us to help educate your children; Bishop England High School has become a part of Daniel Island. I would like to specifically thank the Daniel Island Community Fund for their continued support. Several students from Daniel Island and the surrounding communities are able to attend Bishop England because of their generosity. This need-based tuition assistance is a blessing from the Daniel Island community and to the students of Bishop England High School.
Thank you for your continued support of Bishop England High School.
Patrick Finneran, Principal
Reader comments on previous ‘Letter to the Editor’ addressing roundabout
My thanks to Greg Turner for outlining the inaccuracies and hyperbole surrounding the May 25, 2017 Roundabout meeting (Letters to Editor/June 8-14 issue).
A roundabout at the proposed neighborhood location of our community would drastically change the look and feel of our beloved Daniel Island. Mr. Turner thoughtfully suggested a survey of residents before proceeding with a project that is not supported by necessity, would snarl traffic on Daniel Island Drive for many months and could impact home resale prices.
The Daniel Island News favorably responded to Turner’s urgent request and have conducted a new survey (see page 12-13 for results). I strongly recommend that you read Greg Turner’s cogent comments in the June 8 issue of The Daniel Island News. In case you missed that issue, I will reiterate some of the highlights:
According to Mr. Turner, the engineers admitted that their traffic study ignored the impact on Pier View & Bucksley Lane residents as well as the impact on River Landing & Seven Farms.
How does a roundabout IMPROVE the safety of our pedestrians, our seniors and our children?
Gary White, City Councilman, must step forward to get the pulse of the community. Make your thoughts known to Gary.
I would recommend putting the roundabout project on HOLD until a new traffic pattern survey is completed for Daniel Island. It appears that the Fairchild road exit from River Landing is being used more often by motorists to take the back way to Clements Ferry Road (this will bypass the Daniel Island Drive/Seven Farms intersection).
A major traffic pattern will change when Blackbaud opens their beautiful campus HQ during the Spring of 2018 (the Daniel Island exits from 526 E & W will be the best way to get to the Blackbaud parking lot off River Landing Drive). This will greatly decrease the traffic using the Seven Farms/Daniel Island Drive intersection.