Charleston county might close schools susceptible to quake

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The leader of 1 of South Carolina's largest school districts says officials should consider closing four schools after learning they might not survive an earthquake.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that Charleston County officials got a report Thursday that six downtown school buildings couldn't withstand a 5.0 or greater earthquake.

School Superintendent Nancy McGinley says the district has a moral responsibility to investigate the possibility of moving more than 1,300 students and their teachers into open buildings elsewhere as early as this summer.

Four schools and two other buildings were cited by engineers as having significant deficiencies.

McGinley says she'll present a relocation plan for the schools by March 22. The nine-member school board will make the final decision.

Information from: The Post and Courier,

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