COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AGREE TO LOOK FOR AREA I ALTERNATIVES

After thoughtful consideration, the Moore County Board of Commissioners made a decision to remove the Camp Easter/Airport Road site from consideration as the location for the new Area I elementary school. The Board of Education and the school administration are aggressively pursuing alternative site options. Both the Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education greatly desire to open a new Area I school by the fall of 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The Board of Commissioners strongly supports the School Board and its staff as they endeavor to find the best possible solution for the school children at Sandhills Farmlife and VassLakeview elementary schools. The Board of Commissioners remains committed to addressing the Moore County School facility needs.

Quote from Chair Catherine Graham Regarding Area I Alternatives:

“I feel it is prudent to remove the Camp Easter/Airport Road site from consideration as the Area I elementary school. There are other sites to consider with the required available infrastructure in place or in close proximity, reducing and/or eliminating the cost to bring water and/or sewer to a site which lacks both necessary utilities. The anticipated cost to bring water and sewer to the Camp Easter site is 1.7 Million. By removing Camp Easter from consideration, this cost has now been minimized. Additionally, current and threatened litigation regarding the Camp Easter site have a potential to keep this property tied up in court for an extended amount of time, significantly delaying the goal of opening a new school for Area I by fall of 2019.”

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