T&D Region school districts will receive state money for facility improvement projects.
The S.C. Department of Education announced Tuesday each of the public school districts in Bamberg, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties will receive almost $1.2 million apiece.
"Many of South Carolina's schools do not have the local revenue available to make substantial safety and infrastructure improvements and these funds will go a long way in improving conditions in those areas,” state Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said in a press release.
The Orangeburg County school districts plan to use the money for energy efficiency and roofing projects.
In Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5, the money will be used for new roofs for Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Howard Middle School and Clark Middle School.
In OCSD4, Edisto High School has already received a new roof and Edisto Primary School will also receive some minor roof repair, school district Superintendent Dr. Tim Newman said.
Newman said the bulk of work has already been done on the high school with the work beginning on the primary school “in a couple of weeks.”
He said the roof on the high school is about 30 years old and has never been replaced.
"We have been patching it for years, unfortunately," he said.
OCSD3 will also receive new roofing for various schools. The names of the schools receiving upgrades were not immediately available Tuesday afternoon.
Bamberg schools will receive money to enhance energy efficiency, improve school accessibility and enhance safety.
Bamberg School District 1’s money will go toward gym improvements and ensuring handicap accessibility. It will also be used for upgrades to heating and cooling units, as well as fire and safety alarms.
Bamberg School District 2 will see upgrades to security and access control systems.
Information on the specific schools receiving the assistance was not immediately known Tuesday.
In Calhoun County's school district, the money will go toward improving student and bus parking accessibility.
The money is part of a $55 million package approved by the State Board of Education for 48 eligible school districts. The money was allocated by the General Assembly.
"The General Assembly has shown a commitment to improving outcomes and conditions in the areas that need it most," Spearman said. "I look forward to working with them to continue this commitment into the future."
The General Assembly set aside the money for school facility upgrades for any school district that was a plaintiff in the Abbeville lawsuit or districts with a poverty index of eighty percent or higher. The state says school districts were eligible and applied for funding.