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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Students in Wrightsville Beach will have to continue to make the best out of what they have when it comes to school facilities.
According to Wrightsville Beach Town Manager Bob Simpson, the town will only be discussing the possible rental of a local church to the New Hanover County School System at Thursday night's meeting.
Schools officials told WECT.com that Wrightsville Elementary School is overcrowded.
A number of other county elementary schools are as well.
The school system is currently negotiating with Wrightsville Beach Baptist Church. The system wants to rent two classrooms for students to use.
Before any contracts can be made, the town of Wrightsville Beach has to vote to change some town ordinances and hold a public hearing.
Parents said they understand the process but would like to see the changes sooner than later.
"Things are really tight in the classrooms," said Eliza Blackwell, who is the president of Wrightsville Elementary School's parent-teacher association.
"I think everyone thinks Wrightsville Elementary is this privileged school that doesn't have any problems but that couldn't be farther from the truth."
Blackwell said students are currently learning on the stage in the cafeteria and in the media center. She said while she and other parents would like to see changes in the next few days, they understand the process.
Blackwell said school and town officials have been very helpful and she is looking forward to making better classroom environments for the students.
Town officials expect to make a permanent decision on the rental agreement sometime in October.
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