Growth in Greenville is now having an impact on education. On Thursday evening, Greenville County Schools District will unveil their plans for a new Fountain Inn High School.
The open house will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Yonce Center in downtown Fountain Inn.
“That is the first opportunity for our folks in our construction department and the architects to show off the renderings and drawings of the new Fountain Inn High School,” Beth Brotherton a spokesperson for Greenville County Schools District said.
The new high school will become the 15th high school in the largest school district in the state. It’s also the first new high school the district has built since 1973 when Mauldin High School was built.
“We’re really excited about having a high school back here in our Fountain Inn…Any time there’s a high school in your town, your economy is going to grow,” Debbie Alphin, the Executive Director of the Younts Center for Performing Arts.
The school is supposed to be the solution for the recent growth in the Golden Strip.
“Mauldin High School and Hillcrest High School are our two largest high schools…This should provide some relief in that area,” Brotherton said.
Parents of future high school students say they’re happy about the addition to the community.
“The fact that we’ll have a new high school here encourages me to want to continue living here with my family,” said parent Kelly Weldy.
The unique will also offer a unique curriculum.
“This high school will have an advanced manufacturing wing that will be specific to industries that are coming to the Upstate that are looking for workers,” Brotherton said.
However, there’s still planning to be done.
“I don’t know if there’s been a decision yet as to whether we’re looking at just starting with 9th graders and building from there or if it’s going to rezone some people,” Brotherton said.
Brotherton says the school district won’t make that decision until 18 months before the school opens in August of 2021.
While people are excited for the new school, they also have some concerns.
“Right now, we have a report with Simpsonville trying to work together to do things together,” Alphin said. “Our one common core has been Hillcrest High School, where our students and our parents gather for school sporting events. That’s the one thing I see as a little bit of drawback is having to experience the separation of the Simpsonville and Fountain Inn students.”
7News also reached out to Laurens District 55 about the potential of students who live near the county line going to Fountain Inn High School, especially after a referendum for a new high school in Laurens County was voted down.
Laurens 55 officials say that’s not a concern for them right now. They’re focused on improving their own district.
Greenville County Schools says anyone can attend their schools, but the family has to pay an out of county fee.