May River High’s ‘grand opening’

May River High’s ‘grand opening’
Posted on 08/23/2016
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

School district, Bluffton officials celebrate

ribbon-cutting at May River High School


BEAUFORT – School district and Bluffton town leaders cut a ceremonial royal blue and silver ribbon today and then followed student guides on a tour of May River High, the district’s newest high school since Whale Branch Early College High opened in 2010.

Nearly 1,000 students attend college-prep and advanced technical classes at May River High, which opened last week.  Its Advanced Technical Center offers four areas of study – automotive, engineering, health sciences, mechatronics and welding – that have attracted students from other attendance zones who applied for admission through the district’s expanded school choice program.

The building has the capacity to house as many as 1,400 students and offers room for additional expansion.

“We're very proud of May River High,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss.  “We’re also proud of the staff and students who work here each day. The school pride within this building is amazing, and it’s contagious.

"In addition to this facility's outstanding quality, our contractor also says that it's the most economical high school they've built in the past five years.  There are schools with similar features being constructed in South Carolina right now that are costing $60 per square foot more than this one."

Board of Education Chair Mary Cordray and Vice Chair Laura Bush, a longtime Bluffton resident, welcomed more than 150 guests.

“It’s always exciting to open a new school, especially when it was built on schedule and on budget,” Cordray said.  “May River High is a wonderful addition to the Bluffton community, and it’s thrilling to see the support that it’s already getting and the students’ excitement.”

Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka welcomed the new school, students and parents, and thanked the community and leadership team who made the facility possible.

Following the unveiling of the school’s official plaque and the ceremonial ribbon-cutting, Principal Todd Bornscheuer led the guests through a tunnel of more than 70 excited student ambassadors and cheerleaders who cheered the visitors as they entered the school.  Guests then watched a video on the school’s construction, heard students perform the new school’s fight song and accompanied student guides on an extended tour of the building.

“What you experienced today is the same level of excitement our students experienced the first day of school, and the same level of pride and excellence they will continue to display from now on,” Bornscheuer said.