Martin County Schools votes to close South Creek High School

MARTIN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – A school board here in Eastern Carolina has voted to close one of two high schools in the county.

In a unanimous vote, the Martin County Board of Education voted last night to close South Creek High School and move those students to Riverside High School.

Riverside’s name will then be changed to Martin County High School. The move will take effect on July 1st.

“After conducting an extensive review of everything connected to South Creek High School, I am confident this is the best alternative for the success of our students,” explained Dr. Michelle White, school superintendent. “We must provide the students of our district equitable opportunities and this is a tremendous step forward. The positive changes already occurring in one semester of a unified high school are undeniable.”

The school system says South Creek Middle School, which is in the same building as the high school, will continue at its current location.

South Creek was formed in 2010 when Roanoke High School merged with Bear Grass High School, while Riverside was created with the merger of Jamesville and Williamston high schools at the same time.

Last year, the two schools’ sports teams were merged into one.