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New schools may cost $3.5 million less to build
But dont call it savings yet
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Thanks to a change in building materials, it may cost the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) approximately $3.5 million less to build three new elementary schools. However, the district’s project consultant told school board trustees at their March 21 meeting that doesn’t mean the district will have $3.5 million left over when the referenda-approved projects are completed. Eddie Rodelsperger, of Pike-McFarland-Hall Consultants, and KCSD Director of Operations Billy Smith recently reported that -- for the first time -- it will be cheaper to use load-bearing masonry than steel frames to build the district’s new Camden, Lugoff and Wateree elementary schools.

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