Horry County school board hears proposed plan to build more middle schools

vgrooms@thesunnews.comJanuary 27, 2014 

— Horry County Schools could have up to four new middle schools built in the next five years if the Horry County school board eventually agrees with amendments to the short-term capital plan that the district proposed Monday night.

Discussion of the amendments was limited, as the board heard the district’s proposal for the first time at the meeting and was not given financials associated with any of the projects.

The district had been instructed at the board’s last meeting to develop a new plan to avoid school overcrowding and to look at all schools that would be over 100 percent capacity by 2018-19.

The short-term capital plan now includes the building of a new intermediate school for grades five and six for the St. James attendance area and additions to North Myrtle Beach Middle School, Forestbrook Middle School (or other type of capacity relief) and Midland Elementary School, along with the replacement of the Horry County Education Center, Myrtle Beach Intermediate School and Socastee Elementary School.

Matt Dean, the district’s executive director of facilities, presented the proposed changes to the plan, which include:

•  building an addition to Aynor Middle School

•  building a new middle school for Carolina Forest

•  building a new building for Myrtle Beach Middle School

•  moving Myrtle Beach Intermediate School into the current Myrtle Beach Middle School building, instead of building a new intermediate school

•  building a new middle school for the Socastee attendance area, instead of adding an addition to Forestbrook Middle School

•  building a new middle school for the St. James attendance area, instead of building an intermediate school

•  building additions to Seaside and Burgess elementary schools.

More information will be brought back to the board at the next meeting.

Contact VICKI GROOMS at 443-2401 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_VickiGrooms.

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