HORRY COUNTY SC (WBTW) — Enrollment in Horry County schools this current school year is slightly above pre-pandemic levels, reaching about 45,600, and they expect more, according to district officials.
HCS officials said more than 20% of Horry County’s school population lives in the Carolina Forest, but the district has also begun to see growth in North Myrtle Beach and Conway.
HCS leaders said schools in Horry County typically seek to hire 250 teachers each school year.
Since 2008, the district has built nine new schools and completed additions or renovations to 11 schools.
District leaders said it was because of all the growth the county is experiencing.
“Adding extra classrooms, adding extra teachers – caretakers, bus drivers has been a struggle for us over the past few years, ensuring that we accommodate growth with the number of students who wanted morning and afternoon transportation,” Lisa said. Bourcier, spokesperson for the HCS. “So it really affects all parts of your school system.”
Over the past ten years, the district has added over 6,000 students to its population and that number is expected to continue to grow.
“We are the third largest school district in the state of South Carolina, we are probably one of the fastest growing communities in the country,” Bourcier said. “We have a lot of popularity in our area and are bringing a lot of people from other areas and out of states to Horry County.”
HCS leaders said they are budgeting for around 588 additional students for the next school year.
“We are very transient, especially in the Myrtle Beach area, so not only do we have new students moving into our community, but sometimes we have students moving from our community to other states and so we have to take them out of school,” Bourcier said. “So we see a lot of movement throughout the year, we enroll students throughout the school year.”
Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now open to new and returning students.