Horry County Schools group to visit Houston to see designs for new school prototypes

vgrooms@thesunnews.comMarch 25, 2014 

— A group from Horry County Schools will be in Houston April 10-11 to tour schools as the first step in the design process for school prototypes that will be used for upcoming building projects in the district.

The group is part of a steering committee that met with SHW Group architectural firm representatives Monday night about prototypes for new elementary/intermediate schools and new middle schools. The prototypes – which are to be applied to projects such as the replacement of Socastee Elementary School and to new middle schools that have been proposed – must meet the district’s future capacity needs and support its educational programs, such as the personalized digital learning initiative that was launched in January.

Bill Bradley with SHW Group said five schools will be on the tour: Michael R. Null Middle School, Mark Twain Elementary School, Pine Shadows Elementary School, Salyards Middle School and Gloria Marshall Elementary School. Each school has features that could be incorporated in HCS schools, Bradley said, such as Salyards Middle, where classes are separated by clear walls for transparent classrooms, and Null Middle, which was built without lockers.

The touring group will include Superintendent Cindy Elsberry; Deputy Superintendent Rick Maxey; Matt Dean, executive director of facilities; Neil James and Jeffrey Garland from the Horry County school board, Chief Academic Officer Cindy Ambrose; Mark Wolfe, design, engineering and sustainability coordinator; Principal Janice Christy from Myrtle Beach Middle School; and Principal James LaPier from Lakewood Elementary School.

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