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Did Titan Cement give New Hanover County schools incentives to buy land for new schools?

Chelsea Kellner

No. According to New Hanover County Board of Education Chairman Ed Higgins, the district purchased the land near Holly Shelter in 2007 because it was the only tract in the northern part of the county large enough to accommodate the elementary and middle schools that was still available and reasonably priced. Two other properties were considered, Higgins said, but one was too small, and the other had concerns about wetlands.

The district began negotiations on the property in August of 2005, and closed on the property February 12, 2008. Titan Cement’s tax incentive package from the New Hanover County Commissioners was not passed until April 2008.

There was no communication with Titan about the purchase, Higgins said.

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4 Responses to “ Did Titan Cement give New Hanover County schools incentives to buy land for new schools?”

  1. On August 3, 2009 at 7:51 am Ann Thomas wrote:

    O.K., but why did the school system think that it was acceptable to build schools so close to an area zoned heavy industrial? and more than 10 miles, as in the case of the middle school, from the community it is to serve? I would rather have my children in an over crowded school than to be shipped 10+ miles over I40 to go to a school within a couple of miles of heavy industrial polluters.

  2. On August 4, 2009 at 9:33 am Tina Ericson wrote:

    It seems very short sighted in many respects. Why would the county believe that parents would want to send their children to a school so close to an industrial area? The only answer I can come up with is that they don’t care what the parents want.
    The county leadership and the mayor would do well to remember that they are elected to represent the people of New Hanover County and Wilmington and we vote. I am amazed by the decisions they have made and those of the school board and am left to believe that they serve non of us.

  3. On May 6, 2011 at 9:57 am Moved to Pender to get away from NHC Schools wrote:

    Titan didn’t give incentives, but wasn’t there a developer who essentially gave the County a huge discount on the land for the schools so that they would run infrastructure (roads, water, sewer) to the area? And wasn’t the school site not really viable for any other type of development since it was adjacent to a Superfund site (a former creosote site).

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