2014 New Hanover County
Bond Referendum for Education
Capacities and enrollment projects for each school
Conditions for existing facilities
Educational adequacy of existing facilities
The last Facility Needs survey was completed in 2010-11 and identified needs totaling:
Today with inflation and escalating construction costs,
those same needs are estimated to exceed $400 million.
|Recent Growth in Enrollment|
|2010-2011 SY||24,805 students|
|2011-2012 SY||25,001 students||
|2012-2013 SY||25,756 students||+755 students|
|2013-2014 SY||26,247 students||+491 students|
Annual Capital Funding
Primarily for building upkeep and repair
Includes State Lottery and County appropriation
State ADM fund eliminated 2007-2008
Capital funds are budgeted each year as part of the annual capital budget process. These funds are used primarily for building upkeep and repair. Recent projects include roof replacement, HVAC equipment replacement, lighting and electrical improvements, and replacement of doors and hardware.
Lottery funds provided each year represent only about 4% of what the state spends on education annually. The lottery helps fund teachers’ salaries, school construction, pre-kindergarten, college scholarships, and financial aid grants. However, since the inception of the lottery in 2006, other funds that were once received were eliminated or reduced, resulting in no net increase. Today the only new funding provided by the lottery are scholarships and financial aid.
New Hanover County Schools has identified the most critical needs based on the 2010-2011 Facility Needs Survey, and included them in the 2014 Bond Referendum for Education. The projects include:
- New Porters Neck Elementary School
- College Park Elementary School replacement
- Blair Elementary School replacement
- Laney High School additions and renovations
- Hoggard High School additions and renovations
- New Hanover High School Geo. West Building renovations
- Roland-Grise Middle School renovations
- Noble Middle School renovations
- Trask Middle School renovations
- Myrtle Grove Middle School renovations
- Wrightsville Beach Elementary additions and renovations
New Hanover County Schools
2014 Bond Program
June 2, 2014
|Project Name||Total Project
|Total Project Cost
|New Northeast Elementary School||$16,424,781||$16,917,525||$16,917,525|
|Off-Site Infrastructure Improvements, Utilities, Fees||$586,599||$604,197||$17,521,722|
|College Park Elementary Replacement School||$17,011,381||$17,521,722||$35,043,444|
|District-Wide Bldg Systems/ Infrastructure Improvements (Priority 1)||$16,952,074||$17,460,637||$52,504,081|
|Blair Elementary Replacement School||$17,011,381||$17,521,722||$70,025,803|
|Laney High Additions & Renovations||$10,558,788||$10,875,552||$80,901,355|
|District-Wide Technology, Safety and Security Improvements (Priority 1)||$9,561,569||$9,848,416||$90,749,771|
|Hoggard High Additions & Renovations||$16,424,781||$16,917,525||$107,667,296|
|NHHS Geo. West Bldg C Renovations||$5,279,394||$5,437,776||$113,105,072|
|Roland-Grise Middle Renovations||$11,660,898||$12,010,725||$125,115,797|
|Noble Middle Renovations||$7,906,664||$8,143,864||$133,259,660|
|Trask Middle Renovations||$9,901,100||$10,198,133||$143,457,794|
|Myrtle Grove Middle Renovations||$8,727,903||$8,989,740||$152,447,534|
|Wrightsville Beach Elementary Additions & Renovations||$7,332,492||$7,552,466||$160,000,000|
- Construction costs are based on recent state-wide school construction reported to NC Department of Public Instruction.
- All project costs are “turn-key”; and include planning, design, construction, and other soft costs.
- The new school and replacement schools include all furniture and instructional equipment.
- The program assumes 4% annual inflation through 2017 for all projects.
- The program includes 2% for in-house program management, and 1% as a program contingency.
New school construction will be scheduled to allow use as “swing spaces” for school replacements, and additions and renovations at Wrightsville Beach Elementary School.
- Replacement - College Park Re-opens
August 2020: Opening/Re-opening with new population of students
- New - Porters Neck Elementary School
- Replacement - Blair Elementary School
- Renovated - Wrightsville Beach Elementary School
Phased in over 3-4 years:
- District-wide improvements for building systems, infrastructure, and technology
Phased in over 5 years:
- High School & Middle School – Additions & Renovations
Porters Neck Elementary School
Off-Site Infrastructure Improvements, Utilities, Fees
College Park Elementary
Laney High School - Completed
Laney Renovations $10,558,788
Hoggard High School - Completed
Hoggard Renovations $16,424,781
New Hanover High School - George West Building C Renovations - Completed
Roland-Grise Middle School - Scheduled completion Aug 2019
Noble Middle School - Scheduled completion Aug 2020
Trask Middle School - Scheduled completion Aug 2020
Myrtle Grove Middle School - Scheduled completion Aug 2019
Wrightsville Beach Elementary - Scheduled Completion Aug 2020
Major Renovations: Extensive construction and/or repair work needed to create an appropriate learning environment and bring all of the existing building(s) and the site into compliance with current state and local building codes, ordinances and requirements; NCDPI Public School Facility Guidelines; and NHCS Educational Specifications. The specific work consists of: complete interior demolition of the building; interior reconfiguration of spaces; replacement of all major building systems (HVAC, electrical, plumbing); replacement of major building components (structure, roofing, windows, flooring, ceiling, lighting); extensive technology upgrades on a building-by-building basis; adding stormwater management; and adding pavement, landscaping and other site amenities.
Moderate Renovations: Selective construction and/or repair work to create an appropriate learning environment and bring most of the existing building(s) and the site into compliance with current state and local building codes, ordinances and requirements; NCDPI Public School Facility Guidelines; and NHCS Educational Specifications. The specific work consists of: select demolition within rooms of a building(s); repair and replacement of select major building systems (HVAC, electrical, plumbing); repair and replacement of select major building components (structure, roofing, windows, flooring, ceiling, lighting); technology upgrades on a room-by-room basis; repair and replacement to stormwater management; and repair and replacement to pavement, landscaping and other site amenities.
Minor Improvements: Selective repair work needed to upgrade some of the existing building(s) and the site into compliance with current state and local building codes, ordinances and requirements; NCDPI Public School Facility Guidelines; and NHCS Educational Specifications. The specific work consists of: no demolition work; repair of select major building systems (HVAC, electrical, plumbing); repair of select major building components (structure, roofing, windows, flooring, ceiling, lighting); adding minimal technology upgrades; repair of stormwater management; and repair of pavement, landscaping and other site amenities.