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HCS plans to have modular classrooms on campuses to help with overcrowding

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County Schools are moving forward with plans to help ease the over-crowding problems with schools.

The school district will remove old portable buildings that hold single classrooms to replace them with new modular classroom buildings.

Joe Defeo, Board Chairman for Horry County Schools, said the buildings is a cost-efficient.

"[It would] ease the overcrowding, plus make a better setting for the students rather than being in a portable that might be 10 or 15 years old, these will be brand new modulars," said Defeo.

Horry County School Board members discussed and approved the plan Tuesday night at the school board meeting. The plan would start leasing the modular classrooms for several elementary schools in the district.

The project is estimated to cost at least $400,000 for the first year. District officials said the old portable buildings were extremely expensive to buy and maintain, they feel leasing will cut down costs.

Burgess Elementary is listed to receive three modular classrooms, Aynor Elementary would receive one classroom and Myrtle Beach Primary will have 8 modular classrooms for the 2015-2016 school year.

Defeo said the buildings would be equipped with bathrooms and function with hallways as well, providing a more comfortable environment for the students.

HCS said leasing the buildings would cost far less than buying.

"Leasing them gives us the ability to always have the latest and best when we do need them and when it's time to be taken down we don't have to store them the company takes them back," explained Defeo.

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