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Horry County Schools add ESOL teachers for upcoming school year

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - With school starting in a little more than two weeks, some Horry County students will see new faces when they return.
 
That’s because 11 new ESOL, or English for Speakers of Other Languages, teachers will be in classrooms around the county.
 
Administrators said the non English-speaking population is one of the fastest growing in the district right now. Last year, 37 different languages were represented in Horry County schools, with the majority being Spanish.
 
In the ESOL program, teachers will go from school to school teaching how to break the language barrier for students who cannot speak English.

Out of a total of 45,000 students in Horry County, administrators said there were around 4,500 in schools last year who were non English-language learners.
 
The state calls for one ESOL teacher for every 60 students enrolled in ESOL classes. However, by the end of last year, the ratio was one to 116 students in Horry County.
 
Those growing numbers called for more teachers to not only help others with the needs of ESOL students, but to be in place to help increase the graduation rate of those students.

"We're getting our levels up to some of the recommended levels," said Horry County School Board Chairman Joe DeFeo. "We may still have to hire some more over the next year or two.”
 
After a couple of weeks of the new semester have passed, administrators will finalize the number of ESOL students at each school and place teachers according to student caseloads, with an effort to keep them in the same area to reduce travel.
 
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