Chicod School Renovation Plans

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

People are concerned a face lift to one Eastern Carolina school will mean serious changes for their children. Pitt County Schools is proposing to renovate the Chicod School built in 1929.

Some don't want school authorities to break up the Kindergarten to 8th grade format Chicod has had for years. But the school board says it just received a letter from Raleigh saying government funding for Chicod noting funding will drop three to seven percent due to the economy.

Right now the estimate to give Chicod a face lift is 9 to 10 million dollars. It's a figure that pales in comparison to build a brand new school.

As of now, Chicod has 800 students, that's 100 more than it's supposed to have. If the plans go through the school would be Kindergarten through 5th grade. The 6th through 8th grades would be dispersed to other schools throughout Pitt County.

The Chicod project would take two years to complete. A decision will not be made until March. They are currently accepting proposals for a solution.

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