South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has rescinded the
ROBERT STEUTEVILLE    JAN. 1, 2004
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has rescinded the state’s minimum acreage requirements for schools in an attempt to “bring back smaller community-centered schools.” Sanford, a Republican, told constituents that eliminating the requirements “makes sense from a learning standpoint, an economic standpoint, and it makes sense if you want to have schools that are part of a community’s fabric as opposed to part of its sprawl,” according to the Charleston Post and Courier. Previous South Carolina requirements set minimums of 10, 20, and 30 acres for elementary, middle, and high schools, plus one additional acre for every 100 students. New urbanist architect Kevin Klinkenberg, who has been researching school size requirements, reports that typical state standards call for 20, 40, and 80 acres for elementary, middle, and high schools. Such large tracts are nearly impossible to fit within a walkable neighborhood.