Groundbreaking ceremonies were held at River Ridge Academy and May River High

Construction begins on district's first two referendum-funded projects
Posted on 01/15/2020
Ground is broken at River Ridge Academy

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

River Ridge Academy, May River High hold
groundbreaking ceremonies for additional wings

BEAUFORT – School officials, students, Board of Education members and community supporters today celebrated the beginning of construction on the district’s first two projects to be funded through a bond referendum approved by county voters two months ago.

Construction has already begun on additions to River Ridge Academy and May River High School.  Four new classrooms are being built on each of two existing wings at River Ridge, and a new eight-classroom wing also is being added for a total of 16 new classrooms.  At May River High, a new two-story wing containing 23 classrooms is under construction.

Both schools serve the Bluffton area, which is the fastest-growing section of the county.  Both schools were originally designed with the expansions in mind, and preliminary design work was completed before the November 5 referendum. 

Columbia-based M.B. Kahn Construction is building both projects.  The River Ridge expansion is scheduled for completion no later than Sept. 1, while the May River expansion is scheduled for completion no later than Jan. 1, 2021.

Groundbreaking ceremony speakers included Board of Education Chair Christina Gwozdz, Superintendent Frank Rodriguez, River Ridge Academy Principal Bryan Ryman and May River High Principal Todd Bornscheuer, and students from both schools.

Gwozdz expressed appreciation to county voters who approved the school district’s bond referendum by a two-to-one margin, and Rodriguez commended the Board of Education for completing design work on both expansions prior to the referendum so construction could begin immediately after voter approval.

“These new school expansions are badly needed and much welcomed, so this is very exciting,” Rodriguez said.  “But what will be even more exciting will be the outstanding teaching and learning that takes place in these classrooms every day.”