Vote to be made on River Oaks Elementary School attendance lines

Published: Oct. 24, 2011 at 12:21 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 28, 2011 at 2:32 PM EDT
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CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) The Horry County School Board will vote Monday night on whether to approve a plan that will affect elementary schools in the Carolina Forest area. The school board has been looking over the proposed attendance lines for River Oaks Elementary School, and Monday night's vote will be the deciding factor.

The school will be ready for students August of next year, and the school board hopes to vote on who will be going to the school tonight. About 80 percent of students will come from Ocean Bay Elementary, and 20 percent will come from Carolina Forest Elementary. This will affect the Tuscany, Legends, Sago Plantation, Pine Island, and Emerald Lakes subdivisions that go to Carolina Forest Elementary.

These new lines will help relieve teachers from what they are dealing with now. "We have lots of portables," said Assistant Principal Dawn McKinney. "We have lots of classrooms. We have intervention groups being taught in, not closets, but smaller spaces than we really need. We are just at our capacity." The district expects River Oaks Elementary to open up with up to 600 students.

The area being voted on starts at the intersection of Highway 31 and International Drive, and heads to Highway 501. Then the area stretches across 501 to continue to Burcale Road and Arrowhead areas.

The school board may be voting on the attendance lines for this elementary school, but there's still a lot of work to be done on other attendance lines. The school board has been working on different plans to improve the crowding in the Horry County classrooms.

Right now, the plan is to put in place a utilization arrangement to fully use the buildings at the middle and high schools and to add programs at some of the schools that have low attendance to attract more students across the district. The board also plans to have advisory committees of parents and staff to make sure everyone's opinion will be heard.

"I'm not in favor of the kids that are in one specific school district being switched around too much, " said parent Kasey Dowd. "Because a lot of people situated themselves for the specific schools, so they really need to be able to go to the schools they moved in the area to go to."

The school board plans to work out these options, and says that they will only move attendance lines if it is necessary.

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