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District breaks ground on new school today

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By Reece Murphy

Lancaster County School District will mark a significant milestone for Panhandle students today, May 1, with a groundbreaking for the new Indian Land elementary school.
Today’s groundbreaking is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the school site, 10251 Harrisburg Road, across the street from the BridgeHampton neighborhood.
Due to limited space at the site, district officials are asking those attending the groundbreaking to park in the Lowe’s parking lot, where a shuttle will carry attendees to the site.
Lowe’s is located at 181 Fort Mill Highway (S.C. 160).
Indian Land’s District 1 school board member Don McCorkle, said with the pre-construction work and planning done and heavy equipment on site, the project is on track for the planned fall 2014 opening.
“There’s no doubt it’s going to be a super thing,” McCorkle said of the school. “Once again, I think people will really appreciate where we’ve decided to put it and once they see it finished, it’s going to fit right in with the community.”
Approved in 2011, the new elementary school is intended to serve pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students who live in Indian’s Land northern tip. The exact boundary line has yet to be determined.
The nearly 100,000-square-foot school is designed to serve 970 students immediately, with a design than can easily be extended to accommodate up to 1,200.
The district budgeted $17.8 million for the project, but in March the school board approved a $13.45 million bid for construction, which will allow enhancements, such as integrated irrigation and a nature path.

Contact reporter Reece Murphy at (803) 283-1151