Groundbreaking for new gym at Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology

Holding celebratory shovels during the ceremony are, from left, Connell Delaine, chairman of the Darlington County Board of Education; Elizabeth Lawson, Mayo High School student body president; Gloria Hines, mayor of Darlington; Stevette Young, vice president of the Mayo High School academic booster club; Dr. Thelma Dawson, member of the Darlington County Board of Education; and Dr. Eddie Ingram, superintendent of the Darlington County School District. Photo by Jana E. Pye

Holding celebratory shovels during the ceremony are, from left, Connell Delaine, chairman of the Darlington County Board of Education; Elizabeth Lawson, Mayo High School student body president; Gloria Hines, mayor of Darlington; Stevette Young, vice president of the Mayo High School academic booster club; Dr. Thelma Dawson, member of the Darlington County Board of Education; and Dr. Eddie Ingram, superintendent of the Darlington County School District.
Photo by Jana E. Pye


By Jana E. Pye, Editor, editor@newsandpress.net

The groundbreaking ceremony for a new gymnasium project at Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology was held on Friday, March 11, 2016 at 10 a.m., with school and district officials, faculty, students and community members gathered to celebrate.

Mayo High Principal Arlene Wallace spoke to the crowd, and shared the following words: “This celebrates a new milestone on the journey of our school. This is a joyous occasion, especially for the many of us here who have been personally involved in conceptualizing and shaping the renovation and new addition. The project that we are celebrating today has required leadership, foresight, careful planning and financial support. For that we thank Dr. Eddie Ingram, our district superintendent, and the Darlington County Board of Education. We are so excited for this renovation and new addition for the students, staff and community of Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology.”

The renovation, which is set to be completed by September 1, is an approximately $2 million project which will include: a complete renovation of existing gymnasium facilities and construction of a new 4,000-square-foot activity conference center. The new gym will include: new locker room ceilings, floors, gym lockers, restrooms, painting, fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems, basketball goals, refurbished wood bleachers, and a new wooden gym floor in addition to air conditioning and heating.

Robert Goodson Architects of Hartsville designed the project.The construction contractor is BPM Construction out of Charlotte, and local subcontractors include Gardner Roofing, Kelly’s Electrical, Johnson’s Refrigeration and Rivers Plumbing and Electric.

The renovation project will be funded by the Darlington County School District through a general obligation bond.

“As an alumni member of Mayo High School, class of 1968, I am so privileged to be the Mayor of Darlington at this time when this expansion is occurring.” Said Gloria C. Hines, Mayor of the City of Darlington. “It is dear to my heart and I just want God to bless all of you.”

After the ceremony, she stood back and looked at the grounds. “You know, even though its not the original Mayo, I still feel fortunate that the grounds are still here to keep it here. When there is a school in the neighborhood, the community is stronger. We are so proud of how well known it is now.”

The gym, where her brother played basketball in the class of 1965, and the cafeteria were still there when she was a student.

Author: Jana Pye

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