Horry County school board expected to vote on Carolina Forest attendance area changes Jan. 13

vgrooms@thesunnews.comJanuary 3, 2014 

The Horry County school board is expected to vote Jan. 13 on a plan that will ease overcrowding at Ocean Bay Middle School.

VICKI GROOMS

The Horry County school board will hold its first work session of the new year Jan. 13, aiming to solve the longstanding problem of overcrowding at Carolina Forest’s Ocean Bay Middle School.

Board Chairman Joe DeFeo said there will be a special called meeting that night with two options on the agenda: moving the sixth grade from Ocean Bay Middle to River Oaks, Carolina Forest and Ocean Bay elementary schools, and the original option one, which would send students from west of U.S. 501 up to S.C. 31, Carolina Forest Boulevard up to and including Walkers Woods and Sawgrass, and Myrtle Beach National and Waterford Plantation to Black Water Middle School. A vote on the issue is expected, he said.

Changes to the Carolina Forest, Loris, North Myrtle Beach and Conway attendance areas have been discussed since the end of the last school year in an attempt to make the best use of available space in some schools, but options for Carolina Forest have become a contentious issue. School officials have said that any attendance area changes should be finalized this month if they are intended to take effect in the 2014-15 school year.

School board meetings are held at 6 p.m. at Horry County Schools’ district office, 335 Four Mile Road, Conway.

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