Parents to weigh in on where children will go to school

CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) With the building of new schools like River Oaks Elementary, the Horry County School Board is building on their plan to change the attendance lines across the district. Monday, the board will add parents in to the mix, to bring in more of their perspective.

School board members chose around 25 people for the District Committee for School Facility Optimization to help decide what children will fill up schools' classrooms. School board members say they hope these parents will bring a different perspective to the table when it comes to deciding where your child goes to school.

The committee will meet to evaluate parents' top priorities- from the school's community and traveling distance to the grade structure. Parents say this is a step in the right direction when it comes to deciding attendance lines.

"The most important part is the parents," said parent Ashley Johnson. "How our kids attend, and what district they attend, and I don't think it's right or fair for a board to decide the whole decision or give them the whole decision making opportunities. At least give the parents the opportunity for some kind of say so or to vote on or some kind of opportunity like that."

While this committee is meeting, school board members say they will move forward with having specialized programs at different schools. The plan is to use the programs to attract your children to low-attended schools until any final attendance line decisions are made.

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