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. 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 an average age for all schools being 40 years. The Onslow County School System has prided itself on the responsible manner in which it has sought to maintain these facilities within the resource limits available to the system.
Facility Assessments & Capacity Projections
Simply put, the purpose of the assessments and projectiions is to document statistically-valid third-party research on student population, to complete an exhaustive inventory of existing facilities, and to compare these two pieces of independent research to determine:
1. Student population sizes for each school for each of the next ten years
2. When, specifically, individual school facilities will reach their maximum student capacity
3. What possible building renovations or campus expansions are possible at each of the existing school locations
4. What deferred maintenance items exist for each school
The documents help the Onslow County Board of Education develop specific plans for meeting the needs or our students. It is the responsibility of the school system, county officials and local community to determine the appropriate manner and schedule for meeting the needs identified. The documents provided on this site provide detailed information for local planning efforts. It is the responsibility of the Board of Education and local government to create a plan which meets Onslow’s unique needs.
ITEM OF NOTE:
Planning for facilities is not new to the school district. Onslow County Schools have published Long Range Facility Needs Assessments (LRFNA) in 2000, 2005, 2009 and the most current LRNA in 2012. Information in the 2012 LRFNA was used to identify several funding needs that were incorporated into the 2013 Joint Educational Funding Policy of the Onslow County Board of Commissioners and the Onslow County Board of Education.