Parents worry about future of Brittons Neck school in Marion County
MARION, S.C. – Some parents of Brittons Neck Elementary pupils are worried that their school won’t reopen after being closed because of damage from Hurricane Florence.
The Marion County Board of Education held a public meeting on Tuesday to talk about its decision — made Nov. 21 — to close the school for the rest of the year. After the meeting, the board issued a statement but did not directly answer the question about whether the school will reopen. The statement said a final decision will come later.
The southern part of the county was hit hard by flooding, which has forced Brittons Neck Elementary students to be bused from Creek Bridge High School to Easterling Primary and Marion Intermediate School since October.
Marion County School District Superintendent Kandace Bethea said the school is centralized right in Brittons Neck in the center of where a lot of the flooding occurred.
According to district officials, results of water tests have been good, but air-quality tests are negative as the school deals with mold.
Some parents in the community are concerned with what they call hardships taking bus rides to Creek Bridge, then connecting with another bus to Marion 20 miles away.
After Tuesday’s meeting, the school district issued this statement:
“During the last board meeting the Board of Education moved to have the students from Britton’s Neck remain at Easterling and Marion Intermediate Schools for the remainder of the current school year. By taking this action, the Board is allowing parents and student to know what to expect the remainder of the year. The motion also stated that the Board would review the matter over the remaining months. The Board’s review will consider students’ health, safety and educational quality as they make their final decision.”