- Published on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 21:07
- Written by Super User
Submitted by the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors®
WILMINGTON, N.C. (June 3, 2014) – The Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors® (WRAR) and the Realtors® Commercial Alliance of Southeastern NC (RCASENC) asserts its firm support for the New Hanover County School Bond. At last night’s meeting, the County Commissioners decided to place this issue on the 2014 ballot this November.
Jody Wainio, President of WRAR, expresses her growing concerns on the county’s growth in relation to the quality of education that children are receiving. “As of today, New Hanover County Schools are overcapacity by 3,548 students including elementary, middle and high schools. The district is using 84 modular units to offset the overcrowding,” states Wainio. “The State of North Carolina estimates an additional increase of 2,000 students will take place by 2020. Unfortunately, to date, the County has been blowing past State estimates. The likely more accurate number is 3,000 additional students,” affirmed Wainio. The persistent question then becomes, will the County purchase an additional 80 modular units or invest in the future of its children so that they don’t have to go to class in a trailer?
“Safety is also critically important with this overcrowding issue,” declares Shane Johnson, WRAR Governmental Affairs Director. “Modular units and open pod layouts that exist at College Park Elementary, for example, do not allow school officials to protect our children. We do not want to see a national incident in New Hanover County and instead need to be fair minded.”
WRAR rallied many of its 1,850+ members at the meeting to convey to the Commissioners’ its approval and encourage citizens to vote yes in support of the bond. “This is an important issue that the citizens of New Hanover County should decide,” says Wainio. The County Commissioners’ Meeting took place last night at 6:00pm in the Historic Courthouse Assembly Room (301) at 24 North 3rd Street in Wilmington. As Wilmington’s leading source for real estate information, the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors® (WRAR) acts as the voice for local real estate consumers and its members. For further information on this topic and others, please visit www.wrar.com or contact a Realtor® in your area today.