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Horry County Schools holds public meeting in Carolina Forest over new school attendance zones

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CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) - The new Carolina Forest Area Middle School has not been named yet and will no be opening until the 2017 school year.

However, Horry County Schools held a meeting Thursday to show new zoning maps for parents who may have questions about what school their child will be attending.

"I was really just curious to see where our kids would end up and so that certainly was answered." said Carrie Harris.

Harris was one of several parents to show up to the public input meeting Thursday night. That is where she discovered her home now sits inside a new school zone, meaning her child will now attend that school when it opens next year.

"Now for one year, we have a rising sixth grader, so for one year she'll go to Ocean Bay Middle, and then when the new school is opened, that will be the time that we make a shift," Harris said.

The schools on the agenda Thursday included both Ocean Bay Elementary and Ocean Bay Middle, as well as Carolina Forest Elementary and River Oaks Elementary.

Joe Burch, with Horry County Schools, said there has not been much confusion and concern from parents, which is why it is important to hold these meetings sooner rather than later.

"This is a public drop-in, where we want to hear from the parents and the community, get feedback, take that feedback back, evaluate it, discuss it internally, discuss it with our school board and make any changes, if necessary." said Burch.

The new school will draw its students from the surrounding elementary schools, with a capacity of up to 1,200 students. It will also likely take students away from Ocean Bay Middle, which has become overcrowded in recent years.

Harris said she understands the need for more schools in Carolina Forest, and just wants the best for her kids.

"It's a little bit of both," she said. "Exciting always because it's new, it's state of the art, and that's very exciting. But if we have a great year at Ocean Bay Middle, then it will be a little bit bittersweet, and I know that will end up being the smaller of the two schools as far as student population."

Click here for more information on future meetings and attendance zones.

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