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Posted on: February 7, 2024 | Last Modified on: February 7, 2024

Major Funding Milestone: Nash County Awarded $40 Million for Middle School Project

NASH COUNTY, N.C. — Nash County has received a $40 million grant from the Needs Based Grant program, funded by the North Carolina Education Lottery and a $4 million match by the county, earmarked for the construction of a new Southern Nash Middle School. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt, along with Senator Lisa Stone Barnes and Representative Allen Chesser, visited Nash County today to present the award to Nash County and Nash County Public Schools (NCPS) officials. The funding aims to meet the educational needs of the southern region of the county. The new middle school will have the capacity to serve approximately 1,100 students. The existing middle school is slated to be converted into an elementary school.      

"Our grant administration team went above and beyond in preparing for this application, and their exceptional effort deserves recognition," said Robbie Davis, Chairman of the Nash County Board of Commissioners. Davis highlighted that this is the largest school grant Nash County has secured during his tenure. He also expressed gratitude to both the Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education for their collaborative efforts, which he credited as a key factor in securing the grant.      

Dr. Steve Ellis, Superintendent of NCPS, echoed Davis's sentiments, describing the grant award as a significant victory for both Nash County and its public schools.  "This achievement was the result of a collective effort. I am deeply grateful for the outstanding team within Nash County Public Schools and Nash County Government, as well as the support from our county commissioners and state legislators. It truly was a united endeavor," Ellis said.     

The investment in the new Southern Nash Middle School signifies a commitment to enhancing educational facilities and opportunities for students in Nash County. By addressing the growing needs of the community in the southern end of the county, and repurposing existing infrastructure, the initiative showcases a strategic approach to development and resource utilization.   

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