Lexington 1 picks land for new elementary school land in White Knoll area

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The Lexington 1 school board picked land for one of its upcoming construction projects — an elementary school in the White Knoll attendance area.

The board agreed April 9 to purchase 35 acres at the intersection of South Lake Drive and Bluefield Road. The land is owned by Linda Kay Mack and Jimmy Shumpert and has a total appraised value of $336,000, according to Lexington County information.

The district’s building plan, approved by voters in November 2018, indicates the elementary school would cost $37 million to build and equip. It would accommodate 800 students and be open for the 2022-2023 school year, the plan says. Two other elementary schools, one to replace Gilbert Elementary and one to support the River Bluff attendance area, are also planned.

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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.

Isabella Cueto is a bilingual multimedia journalist covering Lexington County, one of the fastest-growing areas of South Carolina. She previously worked as a reporter for the Medill Justice Project and WLRN, South Florida’s NPR station. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, where she studied journalism and theatre arts.