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Groundbreaking Event for a Modern USDA-Funded School in Dillon, South Carolina

State Director Vernita F. Dore, Ty'Sheoma Bethea and Tammye Treviño, Administrator for Housing and Community Facilities Programs at the Dillon Middle School groundbreaking ceremony in Dillon, South Carolina.

State Director Vernita F. Dore, Ty'Sheoma Bethea and Tammye Treviño, Administrator for Housing and Community Facilities Programs at the Dillon Middle School groundbreaking ceremony in Dillon, South Carolina.

Tammye Treviño, Administrator for Housing and Community Facilities Programs, and USDA Rural Development State Director, Vernita F. Dore participated in groundbreaking ceremonies for three different schools in Dillon County on Monday, April 18, 2011.

“The impact this facility will have on the students of Dillon County is immeasurable,” said Treviño. “Today there is serious competition across this state, this country and the world.  For Dillon County to compete, modern facilities such as the ones we start today are a must.  Students in this county are competing against students around the globe who have an advantage by learning in facilities that are superior to what exist in Dillon today. Starting today that is changing.”

“I am honored to be here today as an avid supporter in a project that benefits and validates the belief that we have in the future of our children. This groundbreaking today represents a promise kept.  There is no limit to what we can do with bold leaders on the ground and strong support in Washington.  Investing in our children is money well spent. The schools being built and renovated are schools that every resident of Dillon County can be proud of and represents a step forward in education in South Carolina. The learning environment of our students will no longer be compromised. I thank everyone that has worked together to make this project a reality, and I am pleased that our students in Dillon County will benefit from Rural Development funding,” said Dore.

In 2010, Rural Development awarded a Recovery Act direct loan and a Recovery Act grant to the Dillon County School Facilities Corporation to finance new construction or renovations for three schools in three school districts in Dillon County, SC.  The funding is leveraged with $7.5 million from other sources. Dillon County will use the funds to construct a new pre-kindergarten through second grade facility in Latta and a new middle school near Dillon, as well as to renovate and expand an existing high school in Lake View.  These new and upgraded facilities will serve more than 4,000 students.

State Director Vernita F. Dore, and Tammye Treviño, Administrator for Housing and Community Facilities Programs and Lakeview officials and students break ground for the renovation and expansion an the existing high school in Lake View, South Carolina.

State Director Vernita F. Dore, and Tammye Treviño, Administrator for Housing and Community Facilities Programs and Lakeview officials and students break ground for the renovation and expansion an the existing high school in Lake View, South Carolina.

2 Responses to “Groundbreaking Event for a Modern USDA-Funded School in Dillon, South Carolina”

  1. Gary Lefko says:

    How is it USDA is in the business of building schools-one would think that is a Dept of Edu function? Thanks Gary

  2. Rebecca [USDA Moderator] says:

    Hi Gary,

    USDA, through its Community Facilities program provides a wide variety of funding support to rural areas. If you live in rural community many of the facilities you use every day, including your water system, may be funded with support from USDA. We encourage you to learn more about our programs on the USDA Rural Development Community Development web site or visit your local USDA Rural Development state office for more information.

    I hope this helps!

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