HCSD to break ground on new school building

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) The Horry County School District and Coastal Carolina University will break ground on a new school building Tuesday afternoon, but the building won't be for college students. Instead, it's for high school students in the district. The construction beginning Tuesday means more room for your child to get the education they need.

This building comes just in time, because there has been an increasing requirement for students to be prepared for college classes before they even get there. The Scholars Academy puts students directly on a college campus, so they know what it takes to succeed.

"When you're in high school, you sometimes wonder what it's going to be like in college," said high school sophomore Larson Baldwin. "But here you actually already know, so you know what to expect."

The Scholars Academy gives children a bigger work load, and even the opportunity to graduate with nearly two years worth of college courses. Now the new 10,000 square foot building will give them the room to handle more students-- Program Administrator Dr, Renn Dominguez says the program has been growing in numbers every year since the program started 10 years ago. This seems to be the trend, as more students are needing to experience college before they step foot on a college campus.

The Horry County School District is expanding its programs like this one and also the Early College High School with HGTC, to make sure as many students as possible get the chance to prepare.

"We'll continue to make Horry County Schools and Coastal Carolina proud through what we do in our program, but this facility will help us to do it with a lot greater ease and a lot more collaboration," said Dr. Dominguez.

Students say these classes put them ahead of the rest of the class. "Most people will go into college and it's going to be a new experience for them," said sophomore Linda James. "For Scholar Students it's an old deal. We're going to be ready for it. And we are going to know what to do."

Students come from all over the county to take classes at the Scholars Academy, and administrators say having everything in one spot will help them to keep the days at the school productive. Construction of the new building is expected to finish by the fall of 2013.

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