Monday, July 22, 2024

County approves $3 million in lottery funds for NHCS

Wilmington residents arrive at the Trask shelter, one of the recipients of the recently announced $3 million to cover Hurricane Florence-related damages, days before the hurricane made landfall in the Wilmington area. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)
Trask Middle School could receive a portion of $180,000 for traffic improvements with county-approved funding. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough).

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — County commissioners approved 17 capital projects and one building repair for county schools Monday. 

Every year, New Hanover County receives funding requests from schools and decides how to distribute state-allocated lottery funds to the proposed projects; the state issues the money four times a year. 

The county approved $300,000 from its $349,000 Public School Repair and Renovation Fund for chiller replacements at the International School at Gregory, Murrayville Elementary and Edwin. A. Anderson Elementary. 

The county leaders also approved $2,758,958 for capital projects. Though there is only $2,709,742 in unallocated funds, the county anticipates to cover the overage with its next lottery payout in November. 

The following projects were approved under the county’s Public School Building Capital Fund: 

  • $80,000 Anderson Elementary School —  hot water heater replacement
  • $50,000 Bellamy Elementary School — add paved play area
  • $90,000 Bellamy Elementary School — replace exterior doors/hardware – phase 1 of 2
  • $160,000 Carolina Beach Elementary School — canopy/outdoor shelter repair, slab replacement
  • $80,000 Carolina Beach Elementary School — subfloor/VCT replacement
  • $80,000 Codington Elementary School – hot water heater replacement
  • $200,000 DC Virgo Preparatory Academy- drainage repairs, patching pavement, interior painting
  • $280,200 DC Virgo Preparatory Academy – switchgear replacement
  • $280,200 Eaton Elementary School – switchgear replacement
  • $100,000 Rachel Freeman School of Engineering- new playground equipment
  • $210,758 Multiple Campuses – miscellaneous roof repairs
  • $280,200 Career Readiness Academy at Mosley PLC – switchgear replacement
  • $185,000 Murrayville Elementary School – new paving
  • $280,200 Pine Valley Elementary School – switchgear replacement
  • $180,000 Trask Middle/Laney High School – traffic improvements
  • $30,000 Wrightsville Beach Elementary School – add wall at nurse’s station
  • $192,400 Winter Park Elementary School – roof replacement (wow sloped roofs) 

The applications will be submitted to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for its consideration; if approved, they will be drafted into a budget amendment for the county. When that passes, the funds will be available for each school.

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