New Hanover board of ed picks old name for new northern school

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New Hanover County education officials have give a name to the district’s new northern area school.

After months of soliciting feedback from residents, the board decided this week to move forward with its original pick: Porters Neck Elementary School.

Late last year, the district began soliciting feedback on the name of the planned site, to be located on 18 acres off Edgewater Club Road in Ogden. County commissioners approved that location in November, giving the go ahead on the purchase of the $1.6 million property. The bulk of those funds—$1 million—comes from the county’s public school special revenue fund, while the remaining $617,300 comes out of the county’s general fund.

The site was picked from more than a dozen the district considered in Ogden for the school, which will ease overcrowding at Wrightsville Beach Elementary and in the northeast part of the county.

Commissioners had previously agreed to fund the project regardless of the outcome of November’s $160 million education bond referendum.

The referendum, which was approved by 63.8 percent of New Hanover County voters in November, will fund 14 projects deemed high priority by the district.

Preliminary work is already underway on two–new gymnasiums and additional renovations at Laney and Hoggard high schools. Other key construction projects include the replacement of both Blair and College Park elementary schools and a major overhaul to Wrightsville Beach Elementary.

The school actually reached a consensus on the school’s name in March but decided to wait six months to allow more time for the public to weigh in.

Porters Neck Elementary is set to open in 2020.

Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at hilary.s@portcitydaily.com.