PLYMOUTH, N.C. (WNCT) — Washington County Schools is one of more than two dozen school districts across North Carolina sharing a combined $400 million in new state lottery-funded grant awards for school construction, renovation projects and other capital improvements.

The district is being awarded $40 million. The county has been in need of a new campus and more space for students after closing Pines Elementary in 2021.

Several ENC counties getting part of $400 million in school construction grants

“I mean, never in my career, has that been an option, and to have that kind of funding available for a school system. So we definitely had all of the pieces that we needed to be competitive for it. Because there is a real need in Washington County,’ said Washington County Schools Superintendent Linda Jewell Carr.

The school system is planning to use the money to build a consolidated K-12 campus. The district needs to find more funding for that project.