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Wrightsville Beach officials move forward with school expansion plans

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Wrightsville Beach town leaders are moving forward with plans to expand Wrightsville Elementary School.

Thursday night, the Board of Adjustments voted unanimously to approve a proposal, from the school system, to add two new trailers to the school site.

Each new unit would cost the school system $70,000 a piece.

Right now, Wrightsville Beach Elementary is over capacity by more than 100 students.

Last September, the school system decided to rent two classrooms from Wrightsville Baptist Church to house the extra students.

Joe Walsh owns a home across the street from the school; he says that adding new trailers won't help fix the problems. "You can add as many as you want, but the school board needs to look at the traffic problems between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., it's crazy," said Walsh.

Currently, the school has seven total mobile units in the rear of the school. If the school board moves forward with the plan there would be a total of nine mobile units on campus, more than any other school in the county. 

The Board of Adjustments also approved a variance to the flood protection elevation requirement in order to save the school system some cash.

Right now, the flood protection elevation requirement is 17 ft. and the school system wants that number reduced to 6.5 ft. The school board requested that variation to save money.

Conditions of the deal also include a three year contract. The new trailers would only be a temporary solution until July 2016.

At which time, if the school board wants to continue to use those trailers, they must come before the board again to ask for a continuance.

Mayor Cignotti and the rest of the Board of Alderman indicated that they want to see the school board come up with a more permanent solution to the overcrowding problems.

The school board will meet in February and is expected to decide whether or not to move forward with the new trailers.

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