Clover, SC School District welcomes over 9,000 students as district experiences significant growth

CLOVER, SC (WBTV) — There were plenty of excited faces to choose from Monday morning as more than 9,000 Clover students headed to class for the 2022-23 school year.

The Clover School District (CSD) also hosted over 1,400 teachers, staff and bus drivers. District officials also say they have welcomed more than 100 new teachers.

“Lots of kids, lots of kids,” said a parent/teacher on their way to Oakridge Middle School. “But a lot more opportunities to meet the kids, meet the families and have a good time!”

Another Oakridge Middle parent, Whitney Brown, dropped off her eighth-grader for her freshman year at CSD.

“I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Clover School District. I’m very excited,” Brown said. “There are a lot of new teachers here, a lot of new programs, a lot of new students. So, I’m just trying to see what the year has in store for us.

CSD has seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and a single high school, but that may soon change.

Two weeks ago, council members agreed to move forward with a referendum on the $156 million bond in the November ballot, which includes plans to build a new high school.

Last year, voters did not back a proposed $196 million bond demand.

The proposed new high school would be built on land already owned by the district, on Daimler Boulevard.

Superintendent Dr. Sheila Quinn says the district believes it has solidified a plan that would give parents what they asked for and help relieve growing classrooms.

Students enter Oakridge Middle School on Monday mornings for the 2022-23 school year.(Sharonne Hayes, WBTV)

“We’ve narrowed this package down to just one high school,” Quinn said. “Because we know if we can get second high school, we can take the school where we have our ninth-grade campus and make it a middle school. And it’s the most profitable thing to do for our communities.

District officials say this proposed high school could accommodate more than 2,000 students. The next step is a vote set for November 8, before which a community meeting will take place on a date to be determined.

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