Online Originals: Onslow County Schools to expand with 2 new elementary schools in 2021

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Friday morning the Onslow County Board of Education held a special meeting to discuss the construction of two new elementary schools coming in 2021.

The schools will be built in the Catherine Lake and Stump Sound area of Onslow County.

Currently, Onslow County is the home to 20 elementary schools.

Steve Myers, Chief Operating Officer for Onslow County Schools, says over the next five to 10 years they’re looking at possibly 12 to 15 schools being over crowded.

As of now, there are approximately four elementary schools that are overcrowded.

Board members say it is not clear exactly how the construction of the new schools will affect this, but they do know it will absorb some of that overcrowding.

The board also anticipates 700 new military services members relocating to Onslow County in the next five years.

“With 700 were probably looking at 300 students or 400 students coming in depending on where they’re going to be located.” Steve Myers, Chief Operating Officer

They are hoping the two new schools can absorb some of the current and future overcrowding.

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