Hollywood elementary school to remain closed

Published: Jun. 30, 2015 at 4:23 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Hollywood elementary school will remain closed through the next year and its students will be sent to a nearby school.

The Charleston County School Board voted 5-4 Monday evening to create an Advanced Studies Program at EB Ellington Elementary school in Ravenel, which would teach students from the closed CC Blaney Center for Advanced Learning.

The vote also includes that CC Blaney remain closed. The school has been closed since last year as it underwent a transformation to a magnet school. Earlier this month, the district's Audit and Finance Committee recommended that the school delay its reopening to allow for further preparation, and to enroll more students. Seventy-two students are enrolled at the K-3 school.

EB Ellington has three empty classrooms that can house the Advanced Studies Program. According to the recommendation, this option would save the district money, and it would meet the commitment to parents who enrolled their child in the advanced studies program at CC Blaney.

The program will be reviewed on an annual basis, and the reopening of CC Blaney is a possibility if enrollment at EB Ellington expands beyond capacity.

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