SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – The move-in date for Dorchester District 2’s new Rollings Middle School of the Arts has been delayed again. Now, students will move in to the school’s new building at the beginning of the next school year in August 2018.
DD2 had initially scheduled a move-in for early January, after the district’s winter break but the move-in was delayed in December after an inspection.
Construction delays and time lost during the recent winter storm are the causes of the most recent delay.
Building construction could be complete by March, but the district says that spring is not a good time to move in to the new building because state testing is scheduled for then. State testing is conducted online and the school needs additional time to test technology in the new facility for issues.
Students have already lost a significant amount of time because of the winter weather and Hurricane Irma, and the district says a move in the middle of the school year could add to that.
“We’ve been out of school eight days and so we’re working like crazy to get that instruction made up and of course with a move to a new facility there would be further loss of instruction time and we don’t want that,” said Kathy Sobolewski, the principal at the school.
Students could get the opportunity to tour the new building before the start of the next school year in the spring or summer.