Steady progress reported for new Ten Oaks Middle School in Carolina Forest

The new Ten Oaks Middle School off Carolina Forest Boulevard. (Kurran Buck/WPDE)

The Carolina Forest Advisory Board met on Thursday to give an update on school construction.

The group was told that progress is coming along well for Ten Oaks Middle School off Carolina Forest Boulevard.

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Population growth has prompted a need for more schools in Horry County.

The new school, which costs more than $45 million, has solar panels and a geo-thermal field for heating and cooling.

"It's a very modern building. Our community, everyone, churches, civic organizations, everyone who walks through and everyone will be welcome, will be very impressed. Very state of the art," said Ben Prince, the principal of Ten Oaks Middle School

This middle school will pull students and staff from Ocean Bay middle, as well as other schools.

The two-story building will have 1,200 students.

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Staff is expected to start in July.

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