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."