New school district lines have parents fighting back

Published: Oct. 31, 2013 at 9:17 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 31, 2013 at 10:18 PM EDT
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CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) - If the Horry County School District Board approves the changes voted through by the Attendance Line Committee this week, more than 3,000 children in Conway, Loris, Carolina Forest and North Myrtle Beach will be affected.

Residents in some Carolina Forest neighborhoods are outraged. "The plan that's been put up right now is illogical, impractical and completely unacceptable," said Brad Richardson.

Richardson's son is supposed to go to Ocean Bay Middle School next year but if the plan is approved he'll have to make the trip into Conway to attend Blackwater Middle School. In Carolina Forest, many students who currently live west of Highway 501 will see changes.

Richardson hopes a letter to the school board and efforts to rally homeowners will be enough to impact the board's decision. He's upset the committee voted on the changes with only five out of 18 members at the vote and only three were in favor of it.

"I hope the board takes that into consideration because when you have 17 percent of a committee saying yeah we want this to go through that causes question," said Richardson.

Some other changes the committee made would take all students from Kingston Elementary and send them to either Daisy or Loris. To relieve overcrowding at Conway Middle, some would attend Whittemore Park Middle. And instead of the existing primary, elementary and intermediate schools in North Myrtle Beach, all three would be pre-k through fifth.

For some students next year could mean leaving friends and making a longer commute but the planning coordinator for the district says it's a way to optimize school use.

"We empathize but unfortunately no matter what we do not everyone will be happy," said Joe Burch.

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