Horry County high school to get new school building

Published: Oct. 10, 2011 at 10:23 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 28, 2011 at 2:37 PM EDT
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CONWAY, SC (WMBF)  Horry County Schools plan to spend $12.5 million on a new school building in the county that will allow students to have a building of its own for some high school classes.

Right now, the entire school operates in the buildings of Horry Georgetown Technical College.

While the district plans to spend millions more on the school, the change will help save students money in the future. It saves them the cost of two years of education as they move on to finish their college degree.

Last year, 40 percent of students graduated from Horry Georgetown Tech with an Associate's Degree before graduating from high school. And 77 percent of students at the high school go on to finish their college education after graduation at Horry Georgetown, Coastal Carolina, or colleges and universities in other parts of South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

The cost of college tuition has been on the rise, and this high school give students a more affordable jumpstart. "It's just a gift to be here," said student Zaynah Lewis. "Because you don't get this opportunity at your base high school or regular high school." Student Ben Flo said, "It's really killing two birds with one stone. It's just really a good experience. A good..it's a really good program. I think it's amazing."

The students at the high school are spread out all over this campus for their college courses, but this new building will allow them to be under one roof for their high school classes.

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