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Dedication/Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies for three new KCSD elementary schools

January 7, 2019

Dedication/Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies for three new KCSD elementary schools

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) will officially dedicate its three new elementary schools over the next few weeks.

“This is an exciting way to start off a new year,” said KCSD Superintendent Shane Robbins. “After being approved by voters in November of 2016, we have worked diligently over the past two years to construct facilities that will provide safe, modern-day educational environments for some of our youngest learners.”

He added, “We’ve used key stakeholders including school employees, parents, community leaders and law enforcement to help us make decisions throughout the process, and we’ve done a good job of staying under budget. Now we’re inviting the local community to come join us for these dedication ceremonies where they can see the new facilities.”

Wateree Elementary School, opened January 2019 Wateree Elementary School (424 Wildwood Lane, Lugoff) will be the first to be dedicated in a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 10. Camden Elementary School’s (416 Laurens Street, Camden) ceremony will be Tuesday, Jan. 22 while Lugoff Elementary School’s (994 Ridgeway Road, Lugoff) dedication will be Thursday, Jan. 24. All ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. and are open to the public.

Wateree Elementary’s one-story design was built on the current school campus and includes 87,784 square feet with 42 classrooms, a cafeteria, gymnasium, library and office space. The new building replaces a facility that is over 60 years old and serves 676 students in preschool kindergarten through fifth grade.

Camden Elementary School, opened January 2019 The new two-story Camden Elementary was built on property that formerly housed Camden Middle and Camden High. The 92,018 square-foot facility includes 40 classrooms, a cafeteria, gymnasium, library and office space that will serve the current population of 500 students in preschool kindergarten through fifth grade. It replaces buildings that date back to the early 1950s.

Lugoff Elementary School, opened January 2019 Lugoff Elementary’s new facility was built adjacent to the current site and replaces a building first constructed in 1967 that serves approximately 540 preschool kindergarten through fifth graders. Its two-story design includes 92,018 square feet with 40 classrooms, a cafeteria, gymnasium, library and office space.

Robbins said that the school district built the facilities with growth in mind so that all three campuses can serve up to 800 students.

Students' first day in the new buildings will be Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Mary Anne Byrd
maryanne.byrd@kcsdschools.net
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