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State, local school officials to commemorate Innovation Collaboration Pilot Project

Batesburg-Leesville, SC - On Thursday, December 13th at 1 o’clock in the afternoon, State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman along with administrators from Lexington County School District Three and Saluda County Schools will gather for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the Innovation Collaboration Pilot Project that began between the school districts this year. The event will take place at B-L High School’s Career and Technology Education Building, which is located at 600 Summerland Avenue in Batesburg-Leesville.

The Innovation Collaboration Pilot Project is a partnership that enables Lexington Three and Saluda County school districts to collaborate to provide courses to students in both districts that may not be available otherwise. This school year, the project focused on adding welding and firefighting classes. The programs, which are being funded by the State Department of Education and through grants obtained by the Town of Batesburg-Leesville, are housed at B-L High School. Students from Saluda County Schools attend the classes with their B-L counterparts. As part of the collaboration, transportation is provided for students to be able to participate. Expansion of the collaboration will eventually include courses being offered at both campuses for students to have greater access to a variety of Career and Technology Education courses.

Local media who would like to attend are asked to please RSVP with Mackenzie Taylor via email or phone prior to the event. Tours of the firefighting and welding classrooms will be offered following a short ribbon cutting ceremony with distinguished guests. Attendees may park at the Career and Technology Education building, which is located behind B-L High School.

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