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Community speaks on merging two elementary schools

Community speaks on merging two elementary schools in Darlington County

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Dr. Ingram, DCSD Superintendant Dr. Ingram, DCSD Superintendant

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Two elementary schools in Darlington County are possibly merging to one. The first meeting open to the community was held Tuesday night to give people a chance to weigh in on this decision.

The meeting was led by Dr. Ingram, the school district superintendent. He assured everyone that no decision has been made yet. Dr. Ingram then went through a list of benefits the district believes merging Brunson-Dargan Elementary with Cain Elementary would bring to the students and school community.

The first on the list was the benefit of having one kindergarten through fifth grade instead of two separate elementary schools. Parents agreed with this and asked questions about timeline of making this transition. One parent believes it needs to be urgent because of the current state Brunson-Dargan’s building is in. Dr. Ingram said if this merge is decided, it won’t be complete until at least couple years down the road.

Marilyn Bostick commented throughout the meet and attended Cain Elementary herself. She says,  I am in favor of the merger, but I just want to make sure that the building they will be housed in a technologically advanced and that it’s a good structure, and I just want to make sure it’s in good condition."

The main concern people raised at the meeting was, where will the money come from to renovate and expand Cain Elementary. The superintendent assured people this is not about money, but says it’s about how it will benefit the students.

Connell Delaine, Board Chairman for the Darlington County Board of Education was in attendance and says, "What we are going to do is not only look at today, but look at the future of the education throughout. Make sure our facilities are in good shape and keep our image right for the general public. So, we want to keep our good looking schools and keep them safe."

The district will continue to have open community meetings in the near future and the next step will be to survey families.

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