MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Committees from different crowded areas around Horry County School District will meet Monday to discuss much-needed changes to schools.
Every year, about 600 more students than expected come into the school district, and the school board is working to figure out how to handle the growth. Over the next couple of months, community site committees will come together to help decide what changes need to be made, and soon. For example, research shows Carolina Forest needs a new middle school, and they also want to discuss what should be done about some of the older schools throughout the district, like Socastee Elementary and Myrtle Beach Intermediate.
Now that school board members are giving people in the community a chance to voice their opinions, they just want to make sure everyone is thinking about the possible effects.
"It's not just a matter of, 'oh I would like a school in my area because it'll just be good,'" said Horry County School Board Chair Joe Defeo. "It's that your recommendation has got to mean, and now you've got to consider, will that cause a raise in taxes."
The committees will be conducting evaluations over the course of the next few months before a decision is made on what areas of the district need changes the most. Any recommendations will have to be approved by the school board.