Lexington-Richland Five School Board approves name of new middle school, renames Chapin Middle

The walls are going up on Lexington-Richland Five’s new middle school in Chapin, and now the campus has its name.

Work is running full steam ahead on the school's gym area. (photo provided)

Work is running full steam ahead on the school’s gym area. (photo provided)

School board members approved the naming of the school and renaming of a current school during their Monday board meeting.

Instead of serving sixth through eighth grades, the district’s new middle school will house only seventh-graders and eighth-graders with the existing Chapin Middle School housing fifth-graders and sixth-graders. District officials said this plan will alleviate overcrowding at Chapin Elementary, Lake Murray Elementary and Chapin Middle schools.

The school is expected to open in the fall of 2015. (photo provided)

The school is expected to open in the fall of 2015. (photo provided)

The campus under construction on Broad River Road next to Spring Hill High has been named Chapin Middle, and board members approved the existing Chapin Middle School to be renamed Chapin Intermediate School.

“This is another great milestone moment in the history of Lexington-Richland School District Five,” Superintendent Stephen Hefner said during the groundbreaking ceremony. “This facility is certainly needed. We are experiencing growth in this segment of our school district. And in order for us to maintain the desired levels of student-teacher ratios and the quality of facilities that are essential to the success of students, this is absolutely necessary. We’re just so grateful it’s becoming a reality.”

Students living in the Chapin cluster of schools would start at Lake Murray Elementary, Ballentine Elementary or Chapin Elementary before attending Chapin Intermediate and Chapin Middle. They then could choose to attend Chapin High or Spring Hill High, a magnet school.

Estimated cost for the newest facility, which is expected to hold 700 students in the first year, is $17.7 million.

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