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Report: New schools needed to address growth in Horry County

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Portable classrooms at St. James Middle School Portable classrooms at St. James Middle School

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - St. James Elementary is on the list of schools recommended for a new building.

Built in 1956, it's one of the oldest schools in the district. Over the years, the school has had many upgrades including new bathrooms, a multi-purpose room, and a library, but today, with 878 students, 25 outdoor temporary structures and some supplies being stored in the hallway, the school is bursting at the seams.  

In the next 10 years, Horry County schools will see an estimated 4,000 new students. Tonight, the Horry County School Board will go over a 700-page facilities report prepared by consultants and possibly accept it. The report recommends a new St. James Elementary, a new St. James Middle and a new middle school in Carolina Forest, as well as renovations to other school facilities.

The principal at St. James Elementary says she's all for a new building, but regardless of what happens, her school is focused on the main thing, which she says is education.

"A bigger facility or a modernized facility certainly enhances the appearance of a building, but the real instruction goes on with the quality of the teacher and that's what we do here," says Mary Beth Heath.

For a look at all the recommendations to Horry County Schools click here. (Note - very large document, please be patient while it loads.)

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