Years of planning have come to fruition as Dorchester II school district welcomed students through the doors of three brand new elementary schools on Monday August 15. The new schools include Alston Bailey on Highway 78 in north Summerville, Sand Hill in Summers Corner and Eugene Sires off of Ladson Road.
The Summerville Journal Scene quotes Wally Baird, former Knightsville Elementary principal and now principal at Sand Hill, as saying that the new Sand Hill campus has exceeded his expectations. “Everything has been wonderful,” he said. “It’s just gorgeous out here. The Summers Corner community has embraced us and has supported and has been so helpful.” Dorchester II, long held in high regard for their academic excellence had to scramble to open all three facilities in time for the beginning of the school year. At Sand Hill staff was moving in a mere 72 hours prior to the first day. “I cannot wait for the kids to start their first day,” Baird said. “Our Dorchester 2 teams and departments have just jumped in and helped, and it’s been all hands on deck, and we couldn’t have asked for a better opening.”
Top-ranked schools such as those Dorchester County II district are a sure way to increase the value of the homes near them, they’re an obvious draw for families with school-aged children that are shopping for new homes. Dorchester II consistently ranks “excellent on the South Carolina Annual School District Report Card. In 2014 they received a “National District of Distinction” award that recognized them as a model school district for school leaders across the country.
Sand Hill Elementary will not be the only Dorchester II school located within the Summers Corner Community. Rollings Middle School of the Arts is slated to move into its new location at Summers Corner in 2017 and will share a campus with Sand Hill. Principal Dr. Kathy Sobolweski explains “We believe that a creative environment nurtures creative minds. Summers Corner will give us surroundings that allow students to expand their and horizons and be inspired.”
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