New Royall Elementary School opens this week
Florence School District One students were back in school on Monday. Excitement was heightened for those entering the new Royall Elementary School on Cheraw Drive. An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday evening, Aug. 13, for students and parents to come see the new school and find their classrooms. Principal Julie Smith said the new school is a dream come true not only for her and the staff, but for the Royall students. “This is a collective dream come true,” she said.
The new school marks the end of the school board’s Phase 1 pay-as-you-go building plan which included the Lucy T. Davis Elementary, a new Moore Middle School and a new North Vista Elementary which opened last fall. Plans for Phase 2 building projects include a new Delmae Elementary for 2018, new Southside Middle School slated for completion in 2020, Williams Middle in 2023 and Savannah Grove Elementary by 2026.