Columbus County could close nearly a quarter of public schools


COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — After closing Chadbourn School last year, Columbus County could be losing nearly a quarter of its remaining public schools.

A spokesman for the school system says superintendent Dr. Deanne Meadows made recommendations to close Guideway Elementary School, Hallsboro Middle School, Acme Delco Middle School, and Columbus Career and College Academy.

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Old Dock Elementary School would become a K-4, and Nakina Middle School would become a 5-8.

Acme Delco Elementary School and Hallsboro-Artesia Elementary School would become K-6 schools. East Columbus High School would become a 7-12.

The Career and College Academy classes would be moved to Southeastern Community College.

A schools spokesman says this would save $2.4 million per year. A public hearing will be held in January before the board votes.