Socastee residents brave rain for new elementary school groundbreaking

Socastee students are just two years away from a new elementary school, and Horry County Schools officials commemorated it with a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday.

About 20 district officials, Board of Education representatives and residents gathered at the site of the new Socastee school at 4223 Socastee Blvd. in Myrtle Beach. Attendees parked at Socastee High School and were shuttled to the ceremony, where construction crews braved Tuesday’s rain to continue work on the site.

Work on Carolina Forest middle, St. James intermediate, Socastee Elementary and Myrtle Beach middle started about two months ago. District officials are still waiting for final approval to start work on the new Socastee middle school; the Horry County Board of Education bought the school site in the Sayebrook development off U.S. 17 Bypass and S.C. 544 late last year.

The new Carolina Forest middle school, St. James area intermediate school and Myrtle Beach middle school have already had their groundbreakings. The ceremony for the new Socastee middle school is scheduled for June 8 at 151 Esso Road, Myrtle Beach. Parking is available at the outer ring of South Strand Medical Center lot.

Horry County Schools Board of Education approved a contract to build five new schools for $72.9 million more than the original budget in November.