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Vote passes to maintain only 1 Easley middle school

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The former Easley High School will become the new J.C. Brice Middle School. (File/FOX Carolina) The former Easley High School will become the new J.C. Brice Middle School. (File/FOX Carolina)
EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

On Tuesday, the Pickens County School District voted to maintain a single middle school in Easley.

Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, all students who attend Gettys Middle School will attend the all-new J.C. Brice Middle School together. The new school is located in the former Easley High School building located on Pendleton Street.

The school district said the new school is currently undergoing a $5 million renovation and expansion to get it ready for the new school year.

Originally, the district was considering splitting Gettys middle school into two schools - one of which, would have been J.C. Brice - and then renovating the current Gettys location.

The district however, said splitting the schools would have cost more than $16 million, as opposed to the $5 million being spent to keep the single middle school at the Brice location.

When students arrive at J.C. Brice, they'll already have a mascot and school colors waiting for them. Officials said they, along with teachers and members of the community have chosen 'The Riptide' as the mascot and green and black as the school colors.

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