On the count of “Ready, Set, Shovel,” members of the District 7 Board broke ground on October 28, for a brand new elementary school. In a ceremony that included D7 officials, local business partners and several students who will be among the first to attend the new school, the groundbreaking celebration was cited as a tribute to the power of partnership and progress. The new school will replace Houston and Chapman Elementary Schools and is scheduled to open in fall 2018.
Board Chair Julie Lonon thanked the entire Spartanburg community for supporting excellence in education. “For generations to come, this new school will stand as a hallmark of our mission to inspire and equip students for meaningful lives of leadership and service.” Superintendent Dr. Russell Booker told the crowd of more than 100 guests that the new elementary school will support advanced technology and collaborative learning spaces that are critical in teaching and learning today. Speaking on behalf of her 3rd grade peers at Chapman Elementary, 10-year-old Caroline Beech said, she and her friends are particularly excited about the new soccer field and a bigger and better playground.
The land for the new school, situated in the heart of the growing Drayton community, was donated to District 7 by Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, and the school is being designed and constructed by McMillan Pazdan Smith and Harper Construction.
Donning their own hardhats kindergarteners from both Chapman and Houston Elementary Schools watched the live streamed ceremony during lunch. If you missed the groundbreaking you can view a broadcast of it on our Facebook page
On behalf of our board and the entire District team thank you for helping to pave the way for our children’s futures.