Spartanburg Dist. 3 approves concept plan for combined middle school

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SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Spartanburg County School District 3 board members passed a recommendation that will allow school leaders to discuss building a new consolidated middle school or renovating the existing middle schools with the community.

The vote passed unanimously. 

According to a Spartanburg County School District 3 Facebook post, the recommendation will allow Superintendent Kenny Blackwood to “meet with the community to talk about potentially building a brand new middle school or renovating both current middle schools.”

In a letter to District 3 families, Blackwood says that Cowpens Middle School and Middle School of Pacolet “do not pass guidelines” by current standards, saying they are non-ADA complaint, do not provide adequate learning environments and have increasing infrastructure issues.

“It is evident that our middle schools are our top priority. Renovating both existing schools would cost a projected $38-40 million: $16-17 million for Cowpens Middle School and $22-23 million for Middle School of Pacolet,” Blackwood said. “Tonight (October 18, 2018), I asked our Board to approve – In Concept Only – to consolidate Cowpens Middle School and Middle School of Pacolet into one new state-of-the-art facility centrally located within our district, plus additional renovation and revitalization projects at all elementary schools and our high school.”

According to Blackwood’s letter, the approval of the concept will allow for the district to seek community input before approving a future building plan.

Read the full Facebook post below:

Meetings to discuss the building concept will be held:

  • October 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Middle School of Pacolet
  • October 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Cowpens Middle School
  • November 1 at 6:30 p.m. at District Three Community Auditorium

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