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NHCS Holds Ribbon-Cutting and Dedication Ceremony for the New Porters Neck Elementary School

Porters Neck Elementary School Building

New Hanover County Schools celebrated the opening of the new Porters Neck Elementary School on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., with a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony. New Hanover County Board of Education members, New Hanover County Commissioners, district administrators, Blair at Porters Neck staff, PTA, and students participated in the ceremony. Many thanks are extended to the taxpayers of New Hanover County who approved the 2014 Bond Referendum that made these and other new school facilities possible.

The ceremony began with a welcome from Principal Rebecca Opgrand and included remarks from the dignitaries, including Board Chairman Edward B. Higgins, Jr. Charles Boney, of LS3P Associates, LTD, presented design details about the new school. Art Teacher Liza Saunders made a presentation of artwork created by Blair students. The event concluded with guided tours of the school led by members of the Blair PTA. A reception followed the program.

Porters Neck Elementary School Design Details

Porters Neck Elementary School is 80,349 square feet and has a 595 student capacity. The school features:

  • The total cost of construction is $14,623,000.
  • 30 classrooms
  • Sails suspended in the entryway, or the “Gallery”, to inspire students to harness the power of education, just as sailing vessels channel the energy of the wind. Reinforcing the metaphor of forward motion, a compass rose inlaid at the main corridor intersection orients students to their location, not only within the building, but the world at large.

    ails suspended in the entryway o inspire students to harness the power of education

  • Vibrant interior accent colors, which were selected based on studies defining the positive impact color has on the learning process for elementary school students. Additionally, these same colors serve as an aid in wayfinding with each corridor possessing a color scheme unique to that wing.

    compass rose inlaid at the main corridor intersection orients students to their location

  • Media Center furnishings that allow for maximum flexibility to quickly and easily reconfigure the space for a variety of different uses.
  • Small group spaces in the kindergarten and first-grade wing to provide breakout space for student collaboration.
  • Art room featuring a color wheel inlaid within the finish floor to educate students regarding the interrelationship of color and light.

For more information, please contact the NHCS Public Relations Division at 910-254-4245.

Posted: 09/21/17