Education

New school in Rock Hill bond proposal

The classrooms at India Hook Elementary are larger than the ones on the older schools In Rock Hill. India Hook would be the template for a new elementary school if the school districts opts to build one.
The classrooms at India Hook Elementary are larger than the ones on the older schools In Rock Hill. India Hook would be the template for a new elementary school if the school districts opts to build one. dworthington@heraldonline.com

From the center of the rotunda of India Hook Elementary School in Rock Hill, principal Crystal Guyton can see what is going on in every hallway.

The halls are bigger than older elementary schools in Rock Hill. So, too, are the classrooms. An art classroom not only has generous space for students to move around, but it also has four sinks for students and a teacher to use.

There also is a huge storage closet, a room with a kiln to fire art projects and access to an exterior courtyard where teachers can hold classes.

“Students have their personal spaces and places to collaborate,” said art teacher Tina Thomas.

India Hook’s design would likely be the template for new construction if Rock Hill builds another elementary school.

Plans for construction of a school in the Riverwalk area of Rock Hill are part of the $110 million bond proposal before city voters Tuesday. The school has said it can issue the bonds without raising taxes.

The school would be built if student population in that area increases, school board Chairman Jim Vining said.

The bond proposal includes $15.9 million for a new elementary school. The bond funds would be for construction only, not for operating or staffing costs. As proposed, the school would be on a 20-acre Riverwalk site and be two stories, not one story like India Hook.

Don Worthington •  803-329-4066

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