Pee Dee school districts to receive over $20M for renovations, maintenance
MARLBORO COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - Multiple school districts in South Carolina will receive millions in funding to replace and renovate school facilities.
State Superintendent Molly Spearman and Marlboro County leaders will formally announce the allocation of $21 million to school districts in the Pee Dee on Wednesday.
Dillon County School District Four will receive $12 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding and $3 million in state funding to renovate and replace aging school facilities.
In April, the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDOE) commissioned a study of schools in the state’s poorest counties to help with deciding how much capital funding would go toward disadvantaged schools. The review found that schools in Dillon Four, especially five elementary schools, were in need of modification and renovation. The schools have an average age of 73 years old with the oldest being East Elementary School which is almost 100 years old.
Dillon County School District Three will receive $3 million in ESSER funding to renovate and replace aging school facilities.
The SCDOE said the funding will also help build additional classroom space at the elementary and high school. The money will also be used to improve safety infrastructure within the district.
Marlboro County School District will also receive $3 million in state funding to replace and renovate school facilities.
The funding is part of the $140 million in capital funding budgeted for the South Carolina Department of Education by the General Assembly for disadvantaged schools.
Marlboro County School District’s aging facilities have been an issue in the past.
In September, McColl Elementary Middle School sent students for virtual classes after a water leak and in 2017 parents alleged there was mold inside Bennettsville Intermediate School classrooms and cafeteria kitchen.
An environmental engineer inspected the school at the time and the report came back negative for any kind of mold. The engineer gave the school district a list of recommendations to keep up better maintenance work.
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