COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - As the week continues, more kids are headed back to school in the Midlands, but it's not just a new school year for those at one Lexington-Richland District Five School.
Irmo High School is getting a makeover. You may have noticed the construction going on when you drive past the school, but it's what the construction is for that will help set the school apart.
Irmo High is adding on to its new arts magnet program through a giant center for the arts. This new center will expand the school-wide initiative. Because the new arts curriculum will be incorporated in all of the classes, the school faculty is hoping it will make regular classes more interesting and more relevant.
"What sets it apart is just the scale and vision of the performance calendar we have set up. Obviously our facilities will be really first rate and that'll make a difference," said Irmo High School Principal David Riegel. "But I think what really will set us apart in the long run is the quality of our art staff."
Students and parents are looking forward to the opportunities coming with the new program.
Randall Russell, whose daughter is in the arts magnet program, is excited.
"I think they're going to be great," said Russell. "And like I said I have a rising 7th grader right now that will be here in two years and she plays the viola, so for her to actually be able to perform in the new theatre and stuff is going to be wonderful instead of us trying to find a theatre around the area for them to perform in."
Despite the fact that the construction on the new building will still be going on as kids go back to school, classrooms inside the new buildings are already done.
The new center is supposed to be done in October and the school already has performances planned for November.