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Fountain Inn Fights Delays In High School Construction

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Two years ago it was sold to taxpayers as a solution to overcrowded classrooms.

An Upstate school board spent $2.2 million on an empty field, announced plans for a new high school and planned to spend tens of millions more.

But now that same school district says, if they build it no students will come.

The new Fountain Inn High School would sit on more than -60- acres of property on Quillen Avenue.  That's just off Main Street. It would draw students from Mauldin and Hillcrest High Schools.

Just two years ago, Fountain Inn celebrated the return of a high school to a city without one for more then a half century.

In 2011, the Greenville County school board turned an empty plot into the future home of the county's first new high school in 4 decades.

At the time, the district said student enrollment was growing so fast at schools like Hillcrest, Mauldin and Woodmont that they would be overcrowded by about 1000 students by 2025.

Fountain Inn high would ease that overcrowding by teaching 1,000 students there.

But now, the numbers have changed.  The district says if construction begins as planned in 2014, the school will open with fewer than 200 students.  As much as 90% of the new school would stand empty.

The district administration will now ask the school board to put construction on hold.

"No one, I'm sure, in Fountain Inn or anywhere in the county wants their taxes increased for a building with no one in it," said board chairman Roger Meek.

But Fountain Inn's mayor disputes the districts numbers.  He says the school could easily fill with 600 students who already live in the Fountain Inn zip code.

He also claims schools like Hillcrest and Mauldin, with roughly 2,000 students each, are too crowded to properly serve students making a Fountain Inn school necessary.

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