Renovations at Aiken County Schools on schedule, budget


AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) — Four of the 41 schools in the Aiken County School District are seeing some improvements. Those projects consisting Aiken High, North Augusta High, Ridge Spring Monetta and, Graniteville Elementary.”

“It’s an exciting time as you drive down Highway 1 and see what that community is going to get and what those kids are going to get here,” Dr. Shawn Foster told NewsChannel 6’s Shawn Cabbagestalk when asked about the project taking place at Ridge Spring – Monetta High School.

Dr. Foster is the Chief Officer of Operations and Student Services for Aiken Public Schools. He says that the projects are meant to prepare students for life outside of Aiken County.

“We want our kids to go to the next level where they choose to go to higher-ed or if they enter the workforce that they have been exposed to certain technology or certain environments that they would encounter in the workforce or post secondary education,” Dr. Foster said. 

The changes include: 

– Demolition of the gym at Aiken High School with renovations being started at the current gym. Students and staff have moved into a new wing there and at North Augusta High.

– Renovations and Construction at the former Byrd Learning Center. It will open up as Graniteville Elementary on August 19.

– A second floor at Ridge Spring-Monetta is almost complete.  Athletic facilities are also in the works, right now. With the project wrapping up by the end of the year.

“That’s exciting time here so we’re now in the demolition phase of the final exterior parts of the older sections of those schools. and renovating the taylor gym there as well,”  Dr. Foster added when talking about the renovations and demolition at Aiken and North Augusta High Schools..

The project is funded by multiple sources including the one cent sales tax and regular cycle of funds.

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