Community meeting

Molly Spearman of the South Carolina Department of Education will host a Florence 4 Consolidation Community Meeting

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – South Carolina State Superintendent Molly Spearman and South Carolina Department of Education staff will hold a community meeting next week on consolidating the county’s school district of Florence four with Florence schools 1.

The meeting will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Timmonsville Education Complex Library on Kemper Street, according to a flyer for the event obtained by News13.

The flyer says Spearman and other staff will be available to answer questions from the community about the consolidation plan.

Last week, students at Timmonsville High School walked out of class to protest the consolidation.

Florence School District 4 board members sued the state over the decision to merge.

The lawsuit claims that Spearman does not have the power to get rid of a school. The council also claims that the state attempted to strip the council of its power and spent taxpayer money without proper public hearings.

In 2018, State Superintendent Molly Spearman said the district was high risk, citing financial issues, according to the lawsuit. The board says these issues have improved by 2020 and said there is no longer a financial emergency.

The consolidation is expected to take effect this summer.