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Williamsburg County School District expects little impact from merger on bus routes

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Williamsburg County School District bus

Williamsburg County School District expects little negative impact on the travel time to and from school for students from the Greeleyville area as high school aged kids are transferred to Kingstree.

Brian McKnight, the director of student services for Williamsburg County School District, said that he anticipates that some high school aged kids who would have attended C.E. Murray High in the past will spend an estimated extra 25 minutes on the bus to go to Kingstree High. 

“It is not majority, you may have a quarter of them have to stay on the bus 2- to 25 minutes longer,” McKnight said. “But it's not all the students.”

The amount of extra time kids would be spending on the bus as a result of the transfer of students in grades 9-12 from C.E. Murray to Kingstree high schools was a concern some parents had about the merger process. The two schools are separated by about 15 miles and it takes about 20 minutes to drive between the two.The merger of the high schools allows the district to be more efficient with its limited resources as both schools have low enrollment.

McKnight says that extra time spent on the bus in the morning might be made up in the afternoon after school ends.

In previous years, students from the C.E. Murray Middle/High School would be on the bus with students from Greeleyville Elementary in the afternoon. This year students from C.E. Murray Elementary/Middle School and Greeleyville Primary School will be dropped off at home before busses go to Kingstree High to pickup students.

“The drivers who pickup kids who live in the Greeleyville area that go to Kingstree High will have an empty bus,” McKnight said.

The school district will not incur any extra expenses as the state provides funding for bus services.

McKnight said that once the school year gets going that if parents have concerns, they shouldn’t hesitate to contract the transportation department.

“The merger is new to everyone. We all want to be excited about it,” McKnight said. “We are taking the steps and looked at options and we feel that we are prepared for the upcoming school year.”

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Brandon Alter covers the town of Kingstree and Williamsburg County for The Kingstree News. He is from the suburbs of Washington, D.C. He graduated from the University of South Carolina's school of Journalism and Mass Communications in May 2021.