S.C. School In Obama Speech Needs New Site

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."

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