Pitt County spending millions to upgrade schools

WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Pitt County Schools received more than $25 million for capital projects including upgrading several schools.

Those schools include more than $9 million for a new building at the Chicod School campus and more than $4 million to gut, renovate and expand A.G. Cox’s original 1935 school house.

“It will ultimately create a better learning environment,” School spokesman Brock Letchworth said. “Kids will be more comfortable, teachers will be more comfortable and that’s ultimately what we deserve.”

Commissioner Mary Perkins-Williams voted in favor of the money.

She’s a retired educator who’s spent time in some of the schools slated for renovation.

“Pitt County is the leader of the east,” Perkins-Williams said. “When you come to Pitt County, you’re supposed to get the best that the state has to offer.”

Though Letchworth said the money only began to address the schools’ needs.

“It really just scratches the surface of the needs for Pitt County Schools,” Letchworth said. “There’s millions more dollars in deferred maintenance that did not make that list.”

Construction will continue from now through 2019.

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