A new intermediate school will be built for fifth- and sixth-graders in the St. James attendance area to relieve overcrowding, according to a decision Monday by the Horry County school board.
The new school decision marked a change from a previous plan to build a new middle school or to build additions at other schools in the area.
The intermediate school will be built on land the district already owns near Burgess Elementary School, according to board member Harvey Eisner, who made the motion for a short-term building plan.
The plan also includes building additions to North Myrtle Beach Middle School and Midland Elementary School; replacing Socastee Elementary School, Myrtle Beach Intermediate School and the Horry County Education Center; and consideration of building an addition to Forestbrook Middle School or of some other arrangement for that area to relieve overcrowding at Forestbrook.
“We just need things to move forward,” Eisner said of the plan, which passed by a 7 to 4 vote.
“I can’t reconcile the dollars,” said board member John Poston, who voted against the plan. He said options for easing overcrowding in the Carolina Forest area have not been decided, and he is afraid that the plan may tie the hands of member of that committee going forward.
Board member Jeffrey Garland also voted against, saying he was concerned that the size of some schools still would be too big.