Horry County School District sees drop in behavior counts despite rise in students

Horry County School District sees drop in behavior counts despite rise in students

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Behavior counts against students in the Horry County School District decreased on average for the 2017-2018 school year despite a rise in the number of students.

In the last three years, behavior counts for students across the district have decreased by more than 13,000 alongside a nearly 2,000 increase in the student population.

This trend is consistent across the elementary, middle and high school levels. High school students accounted for nearly 80 percent of the behavior counts despite having only 20 percent of the district's students.

Despite the overall decrease, five of the eight high schools in the district saw an uptick in behavior counts.

Carolina Forest High School, which has more students than any other high school in Horry County, had the most amount of behavior counts against students at the high school level, Myrtle Beach High School's counts decreased the most out of the high schools by 2,200.

Loris Middle School students received the greatest increase in behavior counts since the previous school year.

Riverside Elementary School significantly decreased its behavior counts.

The district expelled 106 students last school year, a slight decrease from the previous year.

This data was presented for the Horry County School Board during its Monday evening workshop as part of a discipline report.

The board needs to sign off on whether of not the superintendent established and enforces discipline policies that "maintain safe and effective environments for all students."

Other evidence in the report included providing students and parents with policy copies, training administrators on issues and district hearing officers conducting hearings for students in violation.

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