Section of Lee County school with collapsed roof to be demolished


The announcement came during Thursday night’s school board meeting.

LEE COUNTY, SC – Plans were announced Thursday to remove a gaping hole in the roof of a Lee County school that has raised safety concerns for some parents and community members.

The hole at Dennis Elementary has been there for about five years, becoming a staple of the campus experience for students.

News 19 brought the story to the public earlier this month when viewers raised concerns.

At Thursday afternoon’s school board meeting, Superintendent Bernard McDaniel announced his intention to demolish the wing.

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“We got quotes from five different construction companies to have this wing, which was built in 1954, that we didn’t use, that we never used, to have it demolished,” McDaniel said.

School principals and state records obtained by News19 show that the building has been renovated and cleared for use, despite the roofing issues.

The students also used another section of the school while waiting to find a company to demolish the damaged part.

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“We will identify the person who will be the beneficiary of this work, of this project, we will inform them tomorrow or Monday,” McDaniel said.

In a previous interview, McDaniel said money is one of the biggest challenges.

News19 has contacted the Lee County School District to find out how much the project will cost and how it will be funded, but did not receive a response Thursday evening.

“The scheduled date is to start the week, the first week we go out for winter break,” McDaniel said. “We had thought, at one point, that we could do this over the Thanksgiving holiday, but it will take over a week to get it done.”

McDaniel said the project will take at least two weeks.

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