CHICOD, N.C. (WNCT) – Construction is expected to soon begin on a new addition to replace Chicod School’s 1929 original building.
The Pitt County School System will build a $9.5 million building with classrooms, offices, a media center and a gymnasium.
School administrators plan to move classrooms and offices inside the original building to the new facility.
“Our kids deserve better,” Principal Will Sanderson said. “That [original building] was great in 1929, but we need to move on forward.”
In its recent Department of Public Instruction Facility Needs Survey, the Pitt County School System cited the original building as in “poor condition.”
Pitt County Schools spokesman Brock Letchworth attended Chicod School and said much of the building remains exactly as he remembered.
“I think about a lot of good times I had at this school,” Letchworth said. “[But] you’re really not doing the kids who are here now any favors.”
Parent Bree Stokes said she’d be sad if the building was no longer occupied.
“That historical. That nostalgic view. I love that and I’d hate to see the building change,” Stokes said.
Letchworth said a new parking lot and loop for kids being dropped off by parents will also be built which will reduce traffic on Highway 43 during arrival and dismissal times.
Construction could start as early as Summer 2016.