At noon Thursday, the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony and tour of the new Dr. Gilbert G. Woolard Technology Center. It will be commonly known as the Woolard Technology Center, or WTC, and replaces the Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) in east Camden.
Following the ribbon cutting, the public is invited to enjoy light refreshments and an opportunity to tour the new facility at 70 Innovation Way on the joint campus it shares with Central Carolina Technical College, Kershaw County Economic Development Office and Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce.
Students will get their first chance to enjoy the amenities at the new WTC when school begins Aug. 19.
Construction of the WTC was authorized by the public when it voted in favor of a $129 million bond referendum. In 2017, the district approved a $30.302 million guaranteed maximum price from HG Reynolds Construction Co. to complete the new school, $417,000 lower than the district originally budgeted. That price included not only construction of the 112,000-square-foot building, but furnishing it. The district’s construction budget included a 7,000-square-foot multi-purpose room that was not included in the original design with an adjacent, fully-functioning culinary arts kitchen.
In 2018, Kershaw County Board of School Trustees members voted unanimously to name the new facility after Woolard, ATEC’s first director.