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Board to discuss proposed changes to McClellanville schools

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McClellanville residents gathered at a community meeting earlier this month. McClellanville residents gathered at a community meeting earlier this month.
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The Charleston County School Board will discuss plans Monday to make changes to grade structures at Lincoln Middle-High School and St. James-Santee Elementary School in McClellanville.

The school district plans to keep students at St. James-Santee Elementary School, making that school Kindergarten through 8th grade.

The move would turn the middle-high school into just Lincoln High School, with grades 9-12. The school currently only has 140 students, despite offering grade levels 7-12.

"Next year Lincoln would be an eight through 12 school and the following year St. James Santee would keep their eighth graders, so it would grow to become a pre-k thru 8 school," explained Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley.

Board member Michael Miller said they would be talking about the issue on Monday, but no vote would be held.

The transition would take a couple of years, so current students in grade levels seven and eight would remain at Lincoln. The district is also considering sending high school students to take some electives at Wando High School in Mt. Pleasant.

During a passionate community meeting in McClellanville earlier this month, residents were split on the idea.

School officials say they would like as much input as possible. Comments can be posted on the district web site.

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