School board members, county commissioners, other elected officials, and several classes of third graders recently celebrated the groundbreaking for Moore County’s newest public school. The new Pinehurst Elementary is the fourth new public school to get underway in the last two years.
McDeeds Creek Elementary opened this past August and is currently serving about 500 students from Whispering Pines and Vass for the 2019-2020 school year. It is a 117,000 square-foot building with 40+ classrooms, designated art and music rooms as well as project areas, a combined gymnasium and performance stage, and media center.
Both the new Aberdeen Elementary on NC Highway 5 and Southern Pines Elementary off Morganton Road are under construction and each will have capacity for 800 K-5 students. The new 114,000 square-foot Aberdeen school replaces existing primary and elementary schools in Aberdeen. It is scheduled to open in August 2020. The new 126,832 square-foot Southern Pines school replaces existing primary and elementary schools in Southern Pines and is scheduled to open in January 2021.
Work to demolish the old Pinehurst Elementary building began last November. The new 118,300-square-foot school will be on the same site and is on schedule to open in the fall of 2021 with room for up to 800 K-5 students.
While each of the 4 new schools has a different architectural design, they all have similar advanced safety, technology, and efficiency innovations. Moore County Schools Superintendent Dr. Bob Grimesey said that with all of the new schools, the “safety and security of students is our No. 1 priority, and giving our students an environment in which they feel safe will enhance their attention to learning.”
“We believe in taking risks, in trying new methods, and keeping students engaged in learning through play,” Pinehurst Elementary Principal Ashlee Ciccone said. “We are thrilled for the collaborative spaces that our new facility will have” such as “project rooms and maker space opportunities. The new school has been designed to support inventive activities like STEM projects and robotics clubs."
Moore County has also seen other school openings and expansions within the last few years. At the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, Sandhills Classical Christian School opened a new campus on the outskirts of Whispering Pines. The 12-classroom building, which houses the K-5 Lower School and currently serves about 150 students, is the first in a several-phase construction plan. Plans for the finished campus include another pair of classroom buildings, gym, auditorium and athletic fields. SCCS’s multiple campuses serve students in pre-school through 12th grade.
In 2018, The Academy of Moore County in Aberdeen began an expansion with the construction of a 2nd building that houses 10 classrooms, a lunch area and conference space. The expansion will allow the school’s enrollment to grow to around 500. Opened in 1997, The Academy of Moore is a public charter school serving K-5.
Also in 2018, Moore County’s newest charter school opened, the Moore Montessori Community School in Southern Pines. MMCS currently serves grades K-4. It is chartered to serve some 200 students and has approval from the state to expand through sixth grade.
Moore County is a community that values exceptional education and is focused on preparing students for productive futures. Families here are fortunate to be able to choose from a variety of quality educational options available through our public, charter, and private schools.
(Photo from The Pilot)