BY DIETTE COURRÉGÉ CASEY

dcourrege@postandcourier.com

The Charleston County School Board will consider a proposal Monday night to change grade configurations at some McClellanville and Hollywood area schools starting this fall.

School officials also are looking at creating school/community task forces to talk about more dramatic changes in other schoools in the future.

In McClellanville, St. James-Santee Elementary would begin adding seventh and eighth grades to become a preK-8 grade site, according to the proposal. Sixth graders in District 23 (Hollywood/Ravenel) would be moved from their elementary schools to the Baptist Hill High campus. The board is being asked to approve both ideas.

Some of the bigger changes the task forces will consider include merging West Ashley’s middle schools and converting one District 23 (Hollywood) elementary school into an early childhood center. The task force groups are intended to ensure the community’s input is a part of the decision-making process, according to the district.

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