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      Horry County Board of Ed and parents prepping for possible rezoning discussion

      About a month ago, Horry County Schools went back into session for the 2011 school year, and district officials are getting ready to talk about rezoning some overcrowded schools.

      NewsChannel 15 has been following this story since the school board began meeting in April.

      About 15 percent of the schools in the district are above capacity. Some of those are in the Carolina Forest area, which has had a population boom over the past few years.

      Board members say they are still considering several options to relieve the overcrowding. Vice Chair Joe DeFeo says they include realignment, magnet schools, or turning River Oaks Elementary into a K-8 school. River Oaks is expected to open in Fall 2012.

      One proposal would send a majority of kids who complete Carolina Forest Elementary to Black Water Middle School instead of Ocean Bay Middle School starting in the 2012-2013 school year.

      The Carolina Forest Civic Association is in favor of the K-8 plan. They have been lobbying the board since this summer, and have also created a Facebook group.