New middle school plan in Easley has some upset - FOX Carolina 21

New middle school plan in Easley has some upset

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Tensions were high at a Pickens County school board meeting where parents were allowed to speak up about the future of middle schools in Easley.

The meeting comes after the school board decided to throw out their previous plan of having two middle schools and focus on one newly renovated school.

"Instead of trying to split it into two schools, a school that would have a really great facility, another that was minimally adequate. We decided to expand one of those facilities," said John Eby, spokesman for Pickens County School District.

Money was earmarked for the renovation of one middle school in 2006. The plan was changed to two schools in 2010 and then reverted back to a single school again in May of this year.

"They voted to consolidate and make one middle school in Easley. That creates a middle school of over 1,350 students, where as we were promised two middle schools of less than 700 students," said David Cantrell, a parent.

All students will be attending the new middle school which will be located in the old Easley High School and will be called J.C. Brice Middle School in honor of former football coach and principal at Easley High School.

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