The Dorchester District 2 school board has named the district's newest school the Joseph R. Pye Elementary School in honor of the district's superintendent.
The board wanted to recognize Pye's service to the district for more than 30 years and his role in getting the new school building project under way, according to a district news release.
The new school, which is under construction, is located at 9701 Patriot Blvd. in the Oakbrook area of Ladson and will open for students in August. School board Chairwoman Frances Townsend said the project is ahead of schedule and is under budget.
The Joseph R. Pye Elementary School is in a high-growth area and will draw students from overcrowded Fort Dorchester and Oakbrook elementary schools. Funding for the project came from bonds issued against the district's 8 percent assessed property value.
A educator for more than 40 years, Pye's career spans all levels of experience, from classroom teacher to superintendent for the last 12 years.
"I was completely taken by surprise to know that the school board greatly values the contributions I have made to Dorchester District 2 and the thousands of children in our school system. It is a truly humbling gesture," Pye said.