WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The GLOW Academy in Wilmington hopes to pioneer the way for all-girl charter schools by breaking ground a new facility Thursday.
The new campus will include an 18,600 square-foot middle school building, a 19,183 square-foot high school building, an expansive media center, cafeteria, maker space, administrative offices and outdoor learning areas.
Laura Hunter, principal at GLOW, said the new building would be the first of it's kind for similar charter schools.
"We are part of a larger network of schools, the Young Women's Leadership Network," said Hunter. "However, we are the first school in that network to build a school from the ground up including the building. It has been an interesting journey for us to talk about what works best in those spaces in Baltimore, in New York and in Texas, then to see what works best here in Wilmington for us."
Elizabeth Moore, a teacher at GLOW, said the addition of 100 new girls each year has added stress to the current building, and the new space is much needed.
"We are creative and we can get around things, but now looking into year three we are all a little just wondering it how it is going to happen," said Moore. "I know we are going to pull it off because that is what we do here, but we are anticipating the tightness."
Construction costs are projected at $14 million with fundraising and pledges to support over 50 percent of the project costs.
Moore said the money is being well spent with the students best interest in mind.
"Our students have been apart of seeing the design being built, and they have actually put in their opinions and things they want and need to be better learners," she said. "I am super excited about having outdoor spaces and open spaces to be able to do more things involving the outdoors."
The new building is set to open for the 2019-2020 school year.
Hunter said the students are eager for the change.
"Our girls are hungry for the opportunity to play soccer, basketball, football and volleyball," she said. "We don't have any space to do that, so moving over into our new space allows us to do that on our campus and right across the street at Maides Park, which is a gem of a local park that is really under utilized."
The ground breaking starts Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at 4100 Sunglow Drive.