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Neuse Charter School breaks ground for new building

Neuse Charter School, Johnston County’s only charter school, held a Groundbreaking Ceremony Monday afternoon on a three-story, 33,000 square foot state of the art facility. The new school building will consist of 15 classrooms, two science labs, two technology labs, and four “floating study areas.”

A number of local business, school and elected leaders spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony held on the Neuse Charter campus at 909 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield.

Neuse Charter School was founded in 2006 and opened its doors to students in August of 2007 on its first campus at the Richard B. Harrison site in Selma. In August 2011, Neuse moved to a 26-acre campus site with a gymnasium located on Booker Dairy Road.

North Carolina charter schools do not receive state or local funding for land, buildings or other facility needs for their students. All facility funding comes from the operational budget charter schools receive based on the per pupil enrollment at each school.

Utilizing financing from Self Help, USDA, Rural Development and additional loan guarantees from the USDA, Neuse Charter saves Johnston taxpayers millions of dollars in school facility costs. The project was designed by Design Development of Raleigh and is being constructed by M. Durwood Stephenson and Associates of Smithfield.

Neuse Charter is a public, SACS accredited, free-tuition K-12 school open to any child who is a legal resident of North Carolina. The school’s mission is to provide a challenging learning environment, to keep expectations high and to make sure all students achieve their maximum potential. The school offers an international studies and foreign language focus, in addition to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.

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