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Small schools could cost millions to renovate, replace
Average of $11.35 million per school for cheapest choices
The message from Joe Pike and Eddie Rodelsperger to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees’ Finance/Facilities Committee on Tuesday was clear: It will take much more than the $1 million each from the 2016 referendum bond to truly bring Baron DeKalb, Bethune and Mt. Pisgah elementary schools into some semblance of the 21st century. Most of the nearly two-hour noontime meeting -- which also included reports on April financials, the district’s proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget and a discussion on alternative lunches for students with negative food service balances -- focused on a small schools report from Pike and Rodelsperger, both of Pike McFarland Hall Associates Inc., an architecture/planning firm.