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Banks Trail Middle prepares to welcome students

Fort Mill's fourth middle school is preparing to welcome students for the first time. Banks Trail Middle will ring its first bell on Aug. 17.

This school year, just sixth- and seventh-graders will attend. Eighth grade is scheduled to be added the following year. It's part of a district strategy to save money.

Marty Connor, who was principal at the district's former alternative school, will lead Banks Trail.

The campus is opening a year later than originally planned. The school board voted in 2009 to leave the building empty for a year because the district couldn't afford to open it.

See a photo gallery of the new school here and watch a video interview with Connor below.