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Leland area schools top list of critical needs in Brunswick County

Voters said ‘no' though, and that has left school officials having to prioritize what facilities they can update right now and which ones have to wait. Voters said ‘no' though, and that has left school officials having to prioritize what facilities they can update right now and which ones have to wait.
LELAND, NC (WECT) -

School is back in session in Brunswick County but some students may feel a bit cramped in the classroom.

Two schools in the Leland area are experiencing overcrowding issues. Officials say the community has grown quickly, and they are having a hard time keeping up.

North Brunswick High School and Leland Middle School are at a critical need for expansions.

For now though, officials say they will add seven modular units to the North Brunswick campus during the first 90 days of class. Meanwhile, Leland Middle School will be able to temporarily spread out sometime before Thanksgiving when 10 modular units are added to its campus.

"We are overcrowded," Principal Patricia Underwood said. "We've taken every space in the building and turned it into useable space for students and staff down to the paper closet...paper is now stored in the vault."

Earlier this year, Brunswick County Schools were hoping voters would approve a quarter penny tax that would help cover the $100 million in capital needs identified.

Voters said ‘no' though, and that has left school officials having to prioritize what facilities they can update right now and which ones have to wait.

Of those top priorities, NBHS and LMS are both seeing overcrowding, while Waccamaw School is in need of a new gym and assembly space.

Also on that list is Lincoln Elementary. It's one of Brunswick County's oldest schools and doesn't meet current department of public instruction guidelines.

Officials are also looking at constructing a new Town Creek Middle School and an Early College on the Brunswick Community College campus.

Officials say the Board of Education is working along with the county to figure out how to fund those projects and get them completed.

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