Carolina Forest Advisory Board meeting to discuss overcrowding issues

Ocean Bay Middle School overcrowding meeting

CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) – This morning at 10 a.m., there will be a special meeting held by the Carolina Forest Advisory Board to discuss the overwhelming overcrowding issues at Ocean Bay Middle School.

Lorraine Mallon is the advisory board's chairperson, and she says by her calculations, the amount of incoming students will continue increasing every year. The school is already over capacity.

The school board has already voted against building a new school, or adding onto a current school. Today's meeting is to discuss a solution before the school board meets on December 16 to vote.

Mallon says one idea is a K-6 grade configuration which would require moving sixth graders back to Ocean Bay Elementary School.

Another idea is to realign which students go to which school. Students living north and west of Gardner Lacy Road and Myrtle Ridge Drive would go to Palmetto Bays Elementary and Black Water Middle School.

But Wendi Dozler, a former teacher who home schools her children, is not sure this is a good idea. "I wouldn't be happy with that. I want my kids as close to me as possible. Not miles and miles away for the benefit of the school district. If there was the ability to build something near the home in your community that would be optimal."

The meeting is this morning at 10 a.m. at Carolina Forest High School in the Community Room. Anyone interested in voicing an opinion is encouraged to attend the meeting.

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