WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - The board of aldermen heard from Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley and concerned parents about plans to deal with overcrowding at Wrightsville Beach Elementary School.
Parents brought a petition with 1,881 signatures in support of Airlie Road students staying within Wrightsville Beach Elementary School.
The district was considering moving those students to Bradley Creek Elementary School to alleviate overcrowding. Dr. Markley said that won't be necessary if the district can continue to use a nearby church for classes and if the district can add trailers to the site.
Board members seemed willing to work with the district on these short-term solutions.
Originally, aldermen voted to only allow the district to use the church for a one-year period.
Aldermen had hoped that by limiting the timeframe on the use of the church and limiting the number of trailers at the school to two, school district leaders would determine a long-term solution to deal with overcrowding at Wrightsville Beach Elementary.
However, board members said they would be agreeable to allowing the district to continue to use the church until a long-term solution can be determined.
"We are here to work with you," said Alderman Darryl Mills. "We want this neighborhood school to thrive."
WBES is on the list of schools to be renovated if the district can get a bond referendum on the ballot and if that referendum passes.
The board of aldermen approved a resolution asking county commissioners to place the school bond referendum in front of voters.
The school board will vote on a short-term plan for the school at its meeting next Tuesday.
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