Construction underway for new Onslow County elementary school


JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) A new elementary school is coming to the Onslow County area, officials said.

The construction is currently underway on the Southern Elementary School Project (SESP).

According to a release, the new school will help ease overcrowding at Dixon Elementary and Dixon Middle, housing up to 870 students.

“It’s going to take a load off here and handle out for some of the growth that we continue to see here in this portion​ of the county,” said Brent Anderson, Executive Director of Community Affairs Onslow County Schools. ​

Once the new school is built, both it and Dixon Elementary will have kindergarten through fifth grade students. Overcrowding at Dixon Elementary forced the relocation of fifth graders to Dixon Middle school in 2017.

Dixon Elementary was built to house 700 students but it now has more than a thousand. In the meantime, administrators are using mobile classrooms to serve all their students.

The new school will be located on Folkstone Road and it will have the same design as the new Richlands Elementary School and is scheduled to open in August 2021. 

Rendering of new Onslow County elementary school.

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