BACK TO SCHOOL: DD2 says goodbye to historic Rollings Middle School building, Hello to new one

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SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCBD) – Dorchester District Two received the green light to move in the new Rollings Middle School of the Arts building in Summerville. 

Students and staff will begin the 2018-2019 school year on Monday, August 20th. 

The new school is located in Summers Corner on S.C. 61. According to the Rollings Middle School of the Arts Facebook page, state inspectors approved the building nearly two weeks out from the first day of school. 

News 2’s Laura Smith had the chance to sit down with Principal Patrick Pye before the move happened at the historic building downtown Summerville.

The 1924 building has served kids for nearly 100 years. It will be turned into office space for Dorchester District Two.

Pye says it needs a lot of work and will look completely different when renovations wrap up.

“It’s kind of like grandmas house. You walk down the halls and you see they’re quite narrow, there’s no lockers, there’s no running water in science labs. It’s not built for the 21st century learner,” said Rollings Middle School of the Arts principal, Patrick Pye.

The new Rollings will come with wider hallways, lockers, larger classrooms, and a major auditorium upgrade for performances. 

Pye says it will be the largest in Dorchester County and is capable of seating 1,100 people. 

“Not only will we be able to do all of our performances and events, the district can use that facility as well as the community,” said Pye.

Students must audition for an art to attend Rollings. The district will add 60 students each year until enrollment reaches 850. 

What students and parents should know:

1) New Bus Routes 

2) New Bell Schedule 

3) New Building Tour – Sunday, August 19th. 

Rollings Middle School of the Arts will be on the high school bell schedule. School will start at 8:55 a.m. and dismiss at 3:55 p.m. 

Sixth grade meet the teacher is now scheduled to happen on Wednesday, September 5th. 

Seventh and eighth grades meet the teacher is Tuesday, September 11th. 

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