Lexington School District Two Dedicates Cayce Elementary School Thursday
Senator Nikki Setzler and many other dignitaries were on hand for ceremony at Lexington Two’s New K-5 campus.
Cayce, SC (James Bowers) - It was a wonderful afternoon for Lexington School District Two officials, students, and staff Thursday as they dedicated their newest school, Cayce Elementary, which opened in August for the 2017-2018 school year. The school is located at 515 Bulldog Boulevard in the city of Cayce.
The new facility serves grades K-5 and boasts 152,000 feet of space for efficient operation and a modern education. State Senator Nikki Setzler, just one of the dignitaries that was on hand, spoke during a dedication ceremony in the school’s spacious library. Setzler, who represents the state’s 26th district (including Lexington County), is himself a graduate of Lexington Two’s Brookland-Cayce High School. He expressed pride in the work the district is doing in education. Beside Senator Setzler, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, Cayce Mayor Elise Partin, and many current and former Lexington Two school board members were in attendance as well.
The school was formed with the merger of Davis Early Childhood Center, which housed grades K-2, and Taylor Elementary School that was home to children in grades 3 through 5.. It is being led by principal Cecil McClary, a longtime educator who was most recently at Davis.
Some of the features of the new school are project labs, collaborative class areas, soaring windows for natural light, and energy efficient systems. New technology utilized by the school includes Promethium Boards and active panels, which are installed in every classroom and conference room. Promethium Boards are a brand of interactive whiteboards that allow you to project an image from a laptop or a computer, as well as interact with the board through touch or specialized pens. Additionally, each student at CES receives an iPad. “Technology is one of the strengths of this school," McClary said. “With over 1000 students, it’s really important to give our boys and girls what they need for success”.
Other amenities include top-of-the-line security systems that include electronic ID badges required for all staff as they move in, out, and around the school. There are also cameras watching every corner of the interior and exterior for added safety. Another asset to the new school is its wide hallways and classrooms, which accommodate its larger than average enrollment. “We did a good job of planning. We added an additional classroom for each grade level, because we expect further growth," McClary said.
The school opened its doors in August after breaking ground in 2016. Construction was primarily handled by Lake City based Thompson-Turner Construction. They have handled other projects similar to this like the new Kenan High School, the basketball arena at the College of Charleston, AC Flora High School, Bamberg High School and Middle School, and the Bluffton Early Learning Center.
Of course, Cayce Elementary School is not the only new project for School District Two. Other facilities in the works or slated to begin in the near future include Riverbank Elementary, which will be located near Northside Middle School off of Sunset Boulevard. There’s also a Career and Technology Education (CATE) center being constructed on the same street as Cayce and Busbee Elementary schools.
Many of the district’s other existing facilities are all receiving some remodeling and refurbishing as well. Construction is currently underway on a major remodel and addition to Springdale Elementary School as an example.
It is indeed a busy time for Lexington Two’s Superintendent of Education Bill James, the staff, and the leaders of Lexington School District Two. “There is so much pride and excitement not only around the opening of Cayce Elementary, but in all of our school projects,” James said after the ceremony. “This summer we’ve got another round of school renovations starting, plus the new Lexington Two Innovation Center and Riverbank Elementary opening next fall,” James added.
Excitement certainly abounds as the district continues to welcome new families to the area and new, state-of-the-art facilities to help provide their children a world-class education.
For more information on Lexington School District Two, you can see their website at http://www.lex2.org.