FLORENCE, SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - Florence County School District Three is making changes to improve test scores, better prepare for Common Core, and attract new students.
"We have seen that some of our students have come to school not ready to learn," said Hickson.
The plan is also to help younger students embrace what's being taught in the classroom.
"We hope to serve more three and four-year-olds, so that we can do a better job making sure our students are ready to learn the common core standards," said Hickson.
Trying to make these improvements means students who live in Lake City will have to be moved around. The plan: send all Kindergarten through second grade students to one school, Lake City Elementary. All third through fifth grade students will be taught at Main Street Elementary. All other Florence School District Three School outside of Lake City Limits will function as normal.
"The size of Lake City, with us eliminating the zones lines within the city limits, it shouldn't offer a challenge for the district or for parents," said Hickson.
School officials' hope by restructuring the district, Florence3 will become eligible for federal funding.
In March, the district will hold a meeting to give parents a chance to ask questions about how restructuring will impact their students.