Horry County Schools looks to add mobile classrooms for next school year

Conway, South Carolina (WMBF) – The Horley County Facilities Commission has released functional capacity estimates for the current and next school year.

Currently, 15 schools are at or over capacity. Carolina Forest Elementary, Ocean Bay Elementary, Pee Dee Elementary, and Carolina Forest High School are over capacity.

For years, school districts have purchased outright mobile or modular school buildings, but with two new elementary schools to be built within the next two years, the Facilities Commission said leasing was a better option. I decided it was possible.

Originally 24 were requested, but that number was reduced.

“After discussion, we will change 24 of these to 22 and will not only buy but also lease,” said Neil James, vice president and District 10 board member.

James said two of the P.D. Elementary will be purchased and the rest will be leased.

There are currently 122 modular classrooms in use throughout the district.

“With two new schools in the Carolina Forest area, we were able to free up 64 modular classrooms and have a surplus in two to three years,” says James.

Enrollment is expected to increase in the 2023-2024 school year as the county-wide population increases.

The Facilities Board will meet on February 6, at which time new cost estimates will be presented.

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