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Lexington 1 is step closer to building middle school as board votes on land purchases

09/07/04-Lexington, SC--Lexington Middle School is the largest middle school in the state. with more than 17,000 students at the school, the pace of growth in the county os evident. Tracy Glantz/The State 920-2030
09/07/04-Lexington, SC--Lexington Middle School is the largest middle school in the state. with more than 17,000 students at the school, the pace of growth in the county os evident. Tracy Glantz/The State 920-2030 The State file photo

Lexington 1 board members voted Tuesday night to begin the process of buying land for the relocation of Lexington Middle School.

Combined, four parcels the district is considering make up 61.94 acres. The land purchases are contingent upon all four parcels closing at the same time, according to a news release from the district.

Two of the parcels are on Cherokee Road in the Town of Lexington, and the other two are on Cherokee Trail. At the March 19 meeting, board member Kyle Guyton recused himself from the property vote and board member Jada Garris voted no.

Lexington 1’s $365 million building plan, which voters approved in 2018, calls for relocating Lexington Middle School at an expected cost of $53 million. The new building would have the capacity for 1,000 students and the school would open in the 2021-22 school year.

The next phase for the district is completing due diligence work, such as traffic studies and other preliminary assessments, to be sure the land is suitable for a school.

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