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Leaders break ground on new Greenville Co. school

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Dr. Phinnize Fisher (center-right) dumps sand from her shovel at a groundbreaking ceremony. (Oct. 24, 2012/FOX Carolina) Dr. Phinnize Fisher (center-right) dumps sand from her shovel at a groundbreaking ceremony. (Oct. 24, 2012/FOX Carolina)
An artist's rendering of the future Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School is displayed at a groundbreaking ceremony. (Oct. 24, 2012/FOX Carolina) An artist's rendering of the future Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School is displayed at a groundbreaking ceremony. (Oct. 24, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Leaders of Greenville County Schools broke ground on a new school that will be named after a former superintendent.

The Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School will be built along Millennium Boulevard near the CUICAR campus and will hold about 125 students. It will feature six learning communities using the science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum, also called STEM. There will be eight instruction spaces for each learning community.

On Wednesday, leaders from the school district, including Superintendent W. Burke Royster and former Superintendent Fisher, and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-Spartanburg, gathered on the future site of the school to officially dedicate the facility.

"It's just humbling," Fisher said. "You work all your life for beautiful children, and you don't expect any rewards or an honor. So, to have this school named after me [is] just remarkable."

"Dr. Fisher dedicated her life to it," Gowdy said, "It's one thing to teach your own children or help a niece or nephew, but she spent her life helping other people's children, and I just can't imagine a more worthwhile recipient of this honor."

Fisher served as the district's superintendent for eight years. She retired at the end of last school year.

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