DARLINGTON, S.C. — Tim Newman, superintendent of Darlington County School District, recently toured construction sites of the three new elementary schools being built in the district.

Construction is progressing at all three locations in Darlington, Hartsville and Lamar.

Development at the new Darlington-area school is further along than construction at the Lamar and Hartsville schools because the district already owned the land where the school is being built.

The Darlington-area school will be on the land where Cain Elementary School stands. The populations of Cain Elementary will be combined with Brunson-Dargan Elementary to form the new school in Darlington.

In Lamar, the new school is being built near the intersection of Lamar Highway and Country Club Road. Lamar Elementary and Spaulding Elementary will be combined for the new school in Lamar.

The new Hartsville-area school is being built on Bay Road in Hartsville, between Bobo Newsom Highway and Westwinds Drive. West Hartsville Elementary and Washington Street Elementary will combine to form the new school there.

During his tour of the new Darlington-area school, Newman received updates from project manager Thurmond Porter and Larry Johnson, assistant superintendent for administration and operations. Windows and HVAC units are already installed in much of the building, and the roof is nearly completed. Interior walls, wiring and flooring are being installed.

All three schools will open in fall of 2020 and will combine a total of six existing schools.

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