CHEROKEE Co., S.C. (WSPA) — School board members voted to consolidate Granard Middle School in Gaffney.
Cherokee County School District announced the consolidation on Tuesday, one day after school board trustees met to discuss facility needs and improvements at the school.
For Kimberly Pearson, Granard Middle School is part of her family history. Her husband went to school there years ago and now her daughter is a 6th grader. “She loves Granard so much! She loves the teachers, she loves the surroundings, other students,” Pearson said.
It’s a sentiment felt by many, even those inside the school that put up a sign in the window that reads, “Save our school.”
Board members voted Monday to consolidate Granard Middle School into Gaffney Middle School and Ewing Middle School.
There’s currently no time table on when the school will close.
Cherokee County School District said the following in a news release:
“This decision is part of a longrange building and maintenance plan to maximize the use of the aging facilities in this district, along with providing additional savings that will allow us to continue to meet the current and future facility improvements. This decision will also aid us in setting a vision for our school district, allowing us to better serve the current and future needs of our students and our community.”
According to Granard Middle’s website, 577 students in grades 6th through 8th are enrolled at the school.
For Pearson and her loved ones, Granard is more than a school.
“It’s like a family here, that’s what I think. Cause everybody knows everybody,” she said.
Cherokee County School District Interim Superintendent Donald Andrews said closing the school will save the district millions of dollars in repairs and upgrades.