The voting followed presentations, public comment and discussion held by board members.
“Option C is a whole lot better than the first option.” said District 5 board representative David Barrow.
As the District 5 board member, Mr. Barrow represents Cane Bay High, the Sangaree schools and Stratford High.
“It’s (Option A) not a viable option, because we split the Sangaree community. We would have half the kids on one side of the street going to Stratford and half the kids on the other side of the street going to Cane Bay. That’s not in the best interest of the community and dividing students,” he said.
Board chair Sally Wofford spoke briefly to the passion of parents in attendance, some who voiced frustration at times during the meeting.
“My heart is broken,” Mrs. Wofford said. “I went through the same thing. I, 100 percent understand your compassion. My high school was closed. It doesn’t exist anymore. …We have a really hard decision to make.”
Following feedback from parents, the board also requested additional looks be taken at transportation and the possibility of providing some transportation options before voting takes place on the 2nd reading.
It’s expected the board will hold a second reading and vote on all related proposals at its regular meeting on March 12.