New Jones County K-12 school opens

JONES COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Everything is ready for Eastern Carolina's newest school, a $47 million project made possible by state and federal funding.

The new K-12 Jones County school had its ribbon-cutting this afternoon with Gov. Roy Cooper and State Superintendent Mark Johnson attending.

The facility will replace not only the high school, which used to be next door but the middle school and an elementary school that were closed by Hurricane Florence flooding last year.

The entire roof of the new school has solar panels, producing 70% more energy than it needs.

The first day of class for students will be August 26th.

The school is actually owned by Firstfloor Energy Positive and is leased back to the county. It is the second such leased school in the state.