CONWAY — An increase in students at two charter schools in the Horry County school district will cost the district about $500,000 more this year, based on recent attendance information.
The district budgeted for around 40 new students to enroll between its four charter schools, but the total increase came to 146 students, John Gardner, executive director of accounting services, said during the Horry County school board’s work session Monday night.
The total cost for the additional students is about $650,000, but Gardner said roughly $150,000 will come from the state, leaving the district to pay the difference.
The board will vote on the request at its next meeting Monday.
Most of the growth was seen at Palmetto Academy of Learning and Success, which enrolled an extra 143 students.
The school opened in 2010 on Pampas Drive near The Market Common but built a new facility on Fred Nash Boulevard that opened this year, doubling the school’s size.
Palmetto Academy for Learning Motorsports added 28 more students this year, its second year of operation. The school gives at-risk youth the opportunity to finish school while also training for jobs in the motorsports industry.
There was a decrease in students at the district’s other charter schools.
The Academy of Hope enrolled 15 fewer students this year, while there were 10 fewer students at Bridgewater Academy.
Contact VICKI GROOMS at 443-2401 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_VickiGrooms.