Lexington Two is in the home stretch of its $225 million school improvements package, which when finished in 2019 will include three new schools as well as upgrades to all others.
Two new schools are slated to open this fall, joining the new Cayce Elementary that opened this past August:
-- Riverbank Elementary, which will combine BC Grammar No. 1 and Pineview elementaries; and
-- Lexington Two Innovation Center, which will boost offerings for high schoolers with dual enrollment and Advanced Placement courses as well as about 20 career and college readiness programs.
In addition to the two new schools opening this year, major renovations will be under way this year at Brookland-Cayce High and Fulmer Middle, among others. The renovated Saluda River Academy for the Arts and Springdale Elementary will reopen this fall.
The work is part of a package of school improvements approved by Lexington Two voters in 2014. When all is said and done, about 475,000 of new space will be added across the district.
In addition to the two new schools, here’s a sampling of some of the additions and upgrades you’ll see at some of the district’s other schools.
New foot field house addition
Baseball press box
Special education self-contained classroom with life skills lab
2 art classrooms
Handicap accessibility in athletic areas
State of the art athletic arena
Baseball field renovation
Baseball/softball concession and restroom area
2 additional science labs
i2Tech academic area renovations
2 new classrooms
48,000 square feet of new space
New classroom and science lab space
Saluda River Academy for the Arts
9,000 square feet of additional space
Fine arts magnet school
Larger media center
Expanded arts space
Gym/cafeteria space designed to accommodate the arts
Roughly 1,500 feet of additional space
New Performing Arts Center
In planning stages
About 30,000 square feet
State-of-the-art sound and lighting
Access control districtwide
Phone and communications
Security cameras in the process of being upgraded to digital
Roofing projects district wide
HVAC replacements district wide