Tour 'progressive' new Fort Mill schools (+video)

03/18/2014 6:48 PM

03/19/2014 2:06 PM

Wearing hard hats and closed-toed shoes, Fort Mill school board members and district staff members took their first look at Tega Cay and Doby’s Bridge elementary schools.

Both schools will open in August for the 2014-2015 school year.

Showing off the new schools is “exciting,” said Doby’s Bridge principal Scott Frattaroli during Friday’s tour.

“It’s the opportunity to create a new atmosphere, create a new community and to show the schools off to the future students and families,” Frattaroli said.

Tega Cay and Doby’s Bridge are nearly identical. Both are two stories, with large entryways and expansive media centers. They each have two art rooms and two music rooms. Just one of each will be used at first, Frattaroli said, although with expected growth in both schools, within a few years, they expect to need to use both.

Both schools feature a combined cafeteria, gym and auditorium space and a media center that is entirely self-contained with an outside entrance, so community events can be held in the space without entering the rest of the school building. Tega Cay also has a large outdoor amphitheater.

The construction timeline for Doby’s Bridge is several weeks behind Tega Cay, but architect Ben Thompson with AAG Associates, said everything is moving along well.

Among those touring Doby’s Bridge were Jessica Veach and Missy Covington, who will be staff members. Both said they were “thrilled” with the new building.

“I think it shows the pride that Fort Mill takes in education,” Veach said.

Covington said she loved the space that will probably be her office, a room with plenty of windows.

“When you look at these schools, this is progressive,” she said.

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