HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Horry County Schools plans to build a new middle school in a 30-acre plot in Carolina Forest, school board chairman Joe DeFeo confirmed Wednesday.
The lot sits just behind Plantation Storage off Carolina Forest Blvd. and according to DeFeo will be one of five new buildings built in time for the 2017 school year.
DeFeo pointed out that developers made an agreement years ago to set aside certain property for schools at a discounted rate. With that agreement expiring at the turn of this year, DeFeo said the school board cashed in on the property for $764,720.
In addition, the school board purchased a 21-acre lot which could possibly be used to build a new elementary school in the future.
Along with a school building, new roads and stop signs will eventually be installed there. DeFeo explained sometimes the school district pays for part of the infrastructure, but often the county helps with costs. Those details are still being worked out.
The next step, according to DeFeo, is for officials to fine tune the requests for qualifications. That will start the bidding process for builders.