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S.C. School In Obama Speech Needs New Site

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S.C. School In Obama Speech Needs New Site

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S.C. School In Obama Speech Needs New Site

S.C. School In Obama Speech Needs New Site

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President Barack Obama's speech Tuesday to Congress contained references to the state of disrepair of J.V. Martin Junior High School in Dillon, S.C.

Ty'Sheoma Bethea, a student at J.V. Martin, wrote to Congress describing the abysmal conditions at the school: leaky ceilings, peeling paint and interruptions many times a day from trains barreling by her classroom.

Ray Rogers, superintendent of Dillon School District Two, says it's time to start over.

"You know, after a while these old buildings, you can renovate them, try to bring them up to date, but they are still old buildings," Rogers tells NPR's Melissa Block. "We just need a new site. We need a new school."