Education officials set to inspect new Dillon school

Inspectors with the South Carolina Department of Education will soon inspect the new Dillon Middle School to make sure everything is working properly before it opens this fall.

The new school replaces JV Martin Junior High, a town landmark that was built in 1896.

The 116-year-old school was thrust into the spotlight in 2008 when President Barack Obama toured it during his campaign.

State inspectors will be on site next Wednesday.

Dillon District Four Superintendent Ray Rogers says they will test everything in the new facility to make sure it's working properly, including fire alarms and sprinklers.

Dillon Middle School is set to open August 20.

Rogers says most of the facility is ready, but there are few minor things left to be done.

The 128,000 square foot building is being hailed as a "21st Century School," meaning it's state of the art and a model for schools across the state.

District officials say they may qualify for an additional 15 to 20 million dollars that will help build an auditorium at the school and fund projects at other schools in the district.

Parents and students can tour the new school during an open house and registration on August 16.