School board to vote Monday on overcrowding in Horry County

A major decision regarding how the Horry County School District will handle overcrowding at one Carolina Forest school is coming up at a school board meeting on Monday night.

Ocean Bay Middle School is already functioning well over capacity, and has been the main topic of conversation at school board meetings for the past few months.

In order to alleviate the overcrowding, there are two options on the table. One is to move some Carolina Forest students to Black Water Middle School in Conway, and the other is to shift all sixth graders to three Carolina Forest Elementary Schools.

Michelle Yock, a parent who lives in Carolina Forest, does not thinks kindergartners should be in school with sixth graders.

"It's a little disheartening and disconcerting having such older students with younger students and not knowing if there's going to be any separation," Yock said.

Other parents in the Carolina Forest area don't want to see their children switch schools.

"I don't want her going to Black Water. I definitely don't want her to go the elementary school, as overcrowded as it is," Heather Young, a parent in Carolina Forest said.

Both parents agree something must be done, and just hope it's what's best for the children affected.

"I would like to see the Carolina Forest kids stay together and any other kids that we have that aren't in Carolina Forest but attending Carolina Forest schools, should be rezoned," Yock said.

School Board Chairman Joe Defeo said he believes a final decision will be made at Monday's meeting and as always, parents are invited to attend.

If the K-6 option is voted in, it will not take effect until 2015. The redistricting option would take effect next school year.