Lexington 2 School Board approves cost of elementary school, other facilities upgrades

Lexington School District Two voted on the price of its newest elementary school and approved plans to upgrade athletic fields around its two high schools.

Rendering of Lexington Two’s newest elementary school new elementary school. (Photos by Terry Ward)

The cost approved Thursday night for the new elementary school was just under $33.4 million. Construction has begun on the school on Cougar Drive, off of Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia.
The school will house K-through-grade 5 students from BC Grammar No. 1 and Pineview Elementary School.  The school will be built in similar design to the new Cayce Elementary School that is under construction off of 12 Street Extension. The new school on Cougar will be a little bigger than Cayce Elementary.
There is $625 in the budget for the school to allow for a left-turning lane on Sunset Boulevard that is being required by the S.C. Department of Transportation.
Architects and budget planners from Jumper, Carter Sease Architects delivered the cost information the the board.

The Board also approved a budget of just over $1.5 million in improvements for the athletic facilities at Airport High School. That plan includes: track resurfacing; stadium renovation; a new canopy behind the auditorium; courtyard security fencing; Eagles Nest renovation: and ADA parking for visiting football, tennis and baseball programs.

Airport improvements. Click to enlarge.

The Board approved a cost of $447,379 for the Career and Technology (CATE) Center’s Early Foundation Package. It is being planned for construction near Busbee Creative Arts Academy and the new Cayce Elementary School.
An upgrade plan for athletic facilities at Brookland-Cayce High School was also approved. Those plans include work on the baseball field press box and a new canteen and restrooms for dual use between the baseball and softball fields. The cost of those changes has not been finalized.