SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Voters in Dorchester County will soon see the fruit of an approved $179 million dollar school improvement plan. The project included the construction of four new schools, and the renovation of 10 others in Dorchester District Two.
Friday, the district broke ground on three of the four new schools in the project, including Alston-Bailey Elementary on U.S. Highway 78, Sand Hill Elementary, and The New Middle School of the Arts, which will share a campus on Highway 61 and Summers Drive.
Each elementary school is expected to hold up to 1000 students, while the Middle School of the Arts will accommodate 750 students.
"Big things are going to happen here," said Superintendent Joe Pye.
"The community passed the referendum, the community's been involved in the planning of the schools, and the community is here today to help us push forward to the future."
Over 100 people showed up to celebrate the groundbreaking at Sand Hill Elementary and The New Middle School of the Arts, while nearly 50 were in attendance at Alston-Bailey Elementary.
According to a district spokesperson, the groundbreaking for Dr. Eugene Sires Elementary on Miles Road is expected at a later date, when access to the site is safe enough to allow visitors.