Year-round school not expanding in Horry County

Year round school

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - In a few short months, Horry County Schools will let out for the summer, but students who attend Daisy Elementary go year-round.

Now the district is discussing what works and what doesn't, and whether a year-round schedule could work for other schools in the Grand Strand.

The idea was on the board's agenda at this weekend's retreat. Year-round schools were created to help students retain what they learn during the year, but School Board Chair Joe Defeo says students at Daisy are no better off than students at regular schools.

"Scholastically, it has its ups and downs," Defeo says. "I don't see any data from a standpoint that shows everyone is achieving better."

According to South Carolina's annual school report cards, Daisy students are scoring about the same as schools with similar demographics.

For now, the idea has been tabled. Defeo also adds that year-round school might work in Loris, but it wouldn't be feasible in Myrtle Beach.

"The closer you get to the beach, there's traffic problems and all kinds of considerations you may not have out at the western side of the county," Defeo says.

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