South Brunswick Charter start date delayed

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Construction on South Brunswick Charter School's permanent facility has been completed, but the opening has been delayed due to additional roadwork needed at the site. Photo courtesy Roger Bacon Academy.
Construction on South Brunswick Charter School’s permanent campus has been completed, but the opening has been delayed due to additional roadwork needed at the site. Photo courtesy Roger Bacon Academy.

Summer vacation has been unexpectedly extended for students at South Brunswick Charter School.

The newly completed campus off Sunset Harbor Road in Brunswick County, owned and operated by Roger Bacon Academy, Inc., was originally slated to follow a year-round calendar. South Brunswick Charter opened for the 2014-15 academic year at a temporary site off Vanessa Drive in Southport, and planned to start the new school year on July 20.

But due to a slight snag with the N.C. Department of Transportation, South Brunswick Charter and Roger Bacon Academy officials decided earlier this month to hold off on the opening in order to complete some needed roadwork, headmaster Michelle Mena said.

The delay, Mena added, means the school will now operate on a traditional calendar for the upcoming academic year, opening up as other public schools in the district will on Aug. 24.

“We will be briefly extending the construction period at our new campus in order to complete some additional features on Sunset Harbor Road that will ensure South Brunswick remains as safe as possible as we grow significantly each year,” she wrote in a letter to parents of South Brunswick Charter students.

Specifically, the DOT has determined a turning lane is needed to accommodate the school’s planned expansion, Roger Bacon Academy spokesperson Sawyer Batten said. South Brunswick Charter opened last year to students in kindergarten through second grades and plans to add a grade each year until it becomes a K-5 institution.

Roger Bacon Academy also oversees Charter Day School, Inc. in Leland, Columbus Charter in Whiteville and Douglass Academy in Wilmington.

Mena noted that Douglass, South Brunswick’s “sister school,” has operated on a traditional calendar since it opened in 2013 but “still matches all curriculum and sequencing in place at year-round schools in our family.”

South Brunswick Charter has extended its summer childcare program, AlphaBest, through the start of the new school year at its current Vanessa Drive site.

Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or hilary.s@hometownwilmington.com.