Cayce community celebrates Lexington 2’s newest elementary school

Sen. Nikki Setzler speaking- Click image to enlarge.

It was a time to celebrate Thursday, as Cayce Elementary, Lexington Two’s newest school, was formally dedicated.

Educators, students, families, and business and community leaders turned out for an open house, reception and guided tours of the two-story, 153,000-square foot school. Several area leaders attended the event, among them U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, State Sen. Nikki Setzler, Cayce Mayor Elise Partin, several current and former Lexington Two school board members, and district Superintendent William James.

Setzler, one of the event’s featured speakers and a Brookland-Cayce High School graduate, spoke of his “tremendous pride” in Lexington Two, which he called a “very, very special place for me and my family.”

“I like to tell people, if you graduate from Lexington School District Two, you’re more than likely coming back here at some point in your life to work and live and raise your family,” Setzler said, “and that makes us unique from anybody else.”

Cayce Mayor Elise Partin

Setzler congratulated the school board, task force and the community for the vision and support in helping to create a state-of-the-art facility to educate the young people of the community.

“This school is located in a vibrant, growing, outstanding city and community that seek excellence every day,” Setzler told the crowd. “When you’ve got Amazon and Nephron, and the kinds of companies that we’ve got here located around our educational facilities, you know what that means.”

Cayce Elementary, which opened in August at 515 Bulldog Blvd., is equipped with modern technology and features like project labs, collaborative class areas, soaring windows for natural light, and energy efficient systems. The school is designed for 1,200 students in kindergarten through fifth grades.

Cayce Elementary is the first of three new Lexington Two schools opening through 2019,  part of a $225 million package of improvements approved by Lexington Two voters in 2014. Planning for the final phase is under way on the project, which includes upgrades to all of the district’s schools serving more than 8,900 students in Cayce, Pine Ridge, South Congaree, Springdale and West Columbia.

“There is so much pride and excitement not only around the opening of Cayce Elementary, but in all of our school projects,” James, Lexington Two’s superintendent, said after the ceremony.

“This summer we’ve got another round of school renovations starting, plus the new Lexington Two Innovation Center and Riverbank Elementary opening next fall,” James added. “It’s an exciting time for our district.”

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