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      Rain won't delay opening of new Florence middle school

      Officials with Florence School District one say rain has caused some minor setbacks with construction of the John "W" Moore Middle School.

      The school will house students from Moore Intermediate School.

      The 155,000 square foot facility is being built off of Ebenezer Road.

      Officials say despite the recent rains, they're still on target to move students in by August.

      "It's tracking quite well. We're on schedule. Obviously with three inches of rain on Monday. Well three inches on Sunday and another inch on Monday, we've had some challenges with weather. But other than that, we're ready to breathe some new life into the school according to the schedule," said Lionel Brown, Assistant Superintendent Florence School District One .

      The school is nearly ready except for a few things to be done on the inside.

      Officials say before they can move students in, the new facility has to clear an inspection by the Office of School Facilities in Columbia next month.

      "With all new construction with a new school, it must pass mustard through the Office of School Facilities, also known as OSF. This is when they give you the green light to say everything is safe . Everything meets all of the code requirements and it's safe for occupancy," Brown explained.

      Brown expects the school to pass the inspection with flying colors.

      The old Moore Intermediate School on Cheraw Drive will be demolished in three weeks.

      The school has been on Cheraw Drive since 1956.

      The district will be build the new Royall Elementary School on the grounds of the old Moore.

      The new Royall is expected to be ready by 2014.