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Published on November 30th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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District Five holds ribbon-cutting ceremony for Chapin Middle School

CHAPIN – More than 100 people attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently for the new site of Chapin Middle School. The 3 p.m. event at the Lexington-Richland District Five School was open to the public and included student-led tours of the new facility.

The new middle school site​​ on Broad River Road in Chapin is the final project of a bond referendum voters passed in 2008 to include the construction of Spring Hill High School and the Center for Advanced Technical Studies as well as upgrades at several schools throughout the district. Chapin Middle serves seventh and eighth-graders, while the former Chapin Middle campus – renamed Chapin Intermediate School – serves fifth and sixth grades. The new site of Chapin Middle School opened to students and staff in August.

“This is another great milestone moment in the history of Lexington-Richland School District Five,” said Dr. Stephen Hefner, superintendent of the district. “This would not be possible without the support of our community and the leadership and vision of our school board. The construction of Chapin Middle School was done well and in record time…It’s a testament to our goal of finding ways to do things better and more efficiently.”

District Five School Board Chairman Robert Gantt added, “We want to thank the voters for the vision that allowed us to make this school possible…We live in a great community that values education. And during this week of Thanksgiving, I want to say that I am thankful for that and for our schools. We know this school and all the other projects we’ve completed will serve our students well for many years to come.”

Officials said the new school helps the district maintain good class sizes, prepare for ongoing growth in the area and maintain existing academic excellence. Features of the two-story school include large classroom windows, collaborative learning spaces throughout the building, large gymnasium and theater, and outdoor learning spaces.

“When the students came in for the first time in August, they had wide eyes and big smiles…now we get to show the school to our community,” said Chapin Middle School Principal Anna Miller. “We are so grateful for this beautiful new facility. It’s already been a great year, and we look forward to many more great years to come in our new location.”

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