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2013 Bond Referendum: Facility Needs

The Onslow County School System

The Onslow County School System is the 13th largest local education authority (LEA) within the State of North Carolina. Onslow operates 35 schools, all of which are fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, Onslow operates two other specialized instructional campuses on a total of 37 school sites. It is governed by a seven-person Board of Education, which is elected at-large in a non-partisan manner. The school system’s district boundaries match the county boundaries of Onslow, exclusive of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station – New River and Hoffman Forest. 

Onslow County’s thirty-seven instructional facilities were built between 1926 (Richlands Elementary) and 2009 (Stateside Elementary) with the average age of all facilities being 39 years old. While the Onslow County School System has prided itself on the responsible manner in which it has sought to maintain these facilities, it has become necesary to request initial funding from the County to address specific projects that have been identified in the 2012 - 2018 Capital Improvement Plan.  These include:

  • The replacement of Richlands Elementary School
  • The replacement of Dixon Middle School
  • Increased Safety and Security measures on all campuses
  • Large scale scheduled maintenance that needs to be performed, e.g. roof replacement, chillers

The projects were identified through a 15 month process that assesses our long range facility needs for the next ten years and the Capital Improvement Plan that identifies the critical and urgent needs for the next five to six years.  The cost for the projects listed above will be approximately $75,000,000.

As boards of education within North Carolina do not have any taxation authority, funding the facility needs of the school district fall upon local government. Therefore, the Board of Education has been working closely with Onslow County Government to identify funding opportunities or borrowing capacities. A variety of funding sources have been successfully used in the past including certificates of participation (COPS) and general obligation (GO) bonds.

On February 20th, the Onslow County Commissioners after recieving information from the Board of Education and comments from the citizens of Onslow County, authorized a GO bond referendum to be placed on the ballot for the  November 5, 2013 municipal elections.  

On this site you will find summaries of our Long-Range Facility Needs Study as well as the critical and urgent needs that have been identified in our Capital Improvement Plan. 

Additional information will be posted to the site as it becomes available.