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Education leaders rank school needs in Brunswick County

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Members of the Brunswick County School Board met Friday morning in a special meeting to talk about the budget and capital needs for schools. Members of the Brunswick County School Board met Friday morning in a special meeting to talk about the budget and capital needs for schools.
Earlier this month the school board voted to have the district return to a traditional schedule, which could require the need to purchase up to 22 additional buses Earlier this month the school board voted to have the district return to a traditional schedule, which could require the need to purchase up to 22 additional buses
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

Members of the Brunswick County School Board met Friday morning in a special meeting to talk about the budget and capital needs for schools.

Board members decided that additions for North Brunswick High and Leland Middle Schools should top the list of needs. Both schools are over capacity and projections indicate they will continue to see growth.

The board has developed two strategies to assist the overcrowding. One plan includes a permanent 20 classroom addition at NBHS and a nearly 14,000 square foot addition at Leland Middle School. The other is a semi-permanent solution to address the immediate needs.

Next on the list – facility upgrades to the Waccamaw School. This campus is the district's only kindergarten through 8th grade school and is asking for a new gym and assembly space to handle school events and athletic events.

A new 12,500 square foot multi-purpose facility that would be capable of handling about 1,100 people during an assembly and 735 during athletic events would have a total cost of about $5.85 million.

The third item in the ranking involves the purchase of additional school buses. Earlier this month the school board voted to have the district return to a traditional schedule.

The switch could require the need to purchase up to 22 additional buses, which would cost more than $2 million. Alternatively, 12 additional buses could be purchased at about $1.3 million, but certain buses would have to run double routes.

The board decided Friday that expanding the Early College High School program would be the next item of priority. Brunswick County has a robust program and hopes to expand both this program and implement a career & technical education/STEM initiative.

Approving the expansion would mean the construction of a permanent 136,000 square foot addition at the BCC campus that would cost about $25 million.

Lastly, the board discussed the possibility of building two new schools. Lincoln Elementary School is one of the oldest schools in the county and doesn't meet current Department of Public Instruction guidelines.

The proposed new Lincoln Elementary School would be big enough for 700 students and cost about $16 million.

The board also sees the potential need for a new Town Creek Middle School at the existing Town Creek campus. They expect the building to hold 600 students and cost about $16 million.

The board will present this list to commissioners Monday.

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