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Progress made on 3 new Pee Dee schools

(Source: Darlington County School District Facebook page) (Source: Darlington County School District Facebook page)

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A local school district is looking for an architect to design three new schools.

Darlington County School Board members recently finished up all the necessary paper work to allocate $60 million to building those new facilities.

In November, voters in Darlington County approved a penny sales tax referendum. The new schools will replace six aging facilities.

Brunson-Dargan and Cain elementary schools in Darlington will be replaced.

In Hartsville, Washington Street and West Hartsville elementary schools will be replaced by a new facility

A new building will go up to replace Lamar and Spaulding elementaries.

“The schools will be built simultaneously, and they will all have very similar designs. Now, each one will have specific flavors for the community. They will be personalized for the communities they are located,” said Darlington School Spokesperson Audrey Childress.

At this time, land has not been secured for those schools.

However, the Board of Education voted to expand its meeting calendar to meet possibly twice a month to make sure the building of those facilities is staying on plan and within budget.

“We want to make sure that the children of our community have the very best schools that we can put together for them. The board is also very mindful of the financial responsibility that the community has given us. We are incredibly grateful that our community values education,” Childress said.

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