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merce and a lot of people for that Air Force base," Dun- smore said. "The city is going to be building all of those new athletic fields there (near the school), so there is going to be a lot of construction on that corner near the base. "I was talking to some of the folks who are here today doing some work for the base. I said, 'Yes, the roof is going to be Air Force blue.' They said it would be a 'huge beacon' for them while flying." The Edgewood project and the development day piece of that project will be a major showpiece for the county, Dun- smore said. "We are unique," he said. "There are not many schools like that in the state of North Carolina. There is a lot of interest in those schools if you have a developmentally disabled child, and particularly for military affiliated. You can move here and have those types of services — that is going to be a huge piece of that puzzle." There are two such schools in Greensboro; the most recent was built by Pinnacle Architecture, the company building Meadow Lane. The first Greensboro school was built for a capacity of 160 students. It opened with 197 students. There was a more-than-30 percent spike in people moving in just because of that school and its services, Dunsmore said. The second school is also full, he said. Edgewood currently has between 100 to 120 students. Current plans call for a capacity of 160 at the new Edge- wood. "I have counterparts telling me that I should push that up to 200," Dunsmore said. "The schools in Greensboro are right at 200, with growth capacity to 220." The county is looking for more data in order to make the best decision as it considers growth capacity for Edgewood, he said. That has included meetings with Air Force officials to get surveys out to parents. "Parents are going to go where they can get that kind of care and service," Dunsmore said. "It (Edgewood) is unique. It is a need. That's going to be the shining bea- con of Wayne County." The focus has been on Meadow Lane, but the county has made other school improvements in recent years, Dunsmore said. Former chairman of the Wayne County Commission, Joe Daughtery, has noted the county has spent approx- imately $85 million in school facilities improvements over a four-year period of time. It did so with no tax increase, he said. A "hard push" is underway to get the cleanliness standards up, Dunsmore said. Because of the highways, people can be in the Trian- gle area in an hour, he said. And housing and cost of living are better here, he said. "We realize we are not in Wake County, when you start looking at salaries and programs and what they are doing," he said. "They are hard to compete with. But there are a lot things that we can do better because we are smaller even though we are a large county." Dunsmore said he thinks the county is positioning itself as viable option as being the community to live in. And it is not just a matter of having an attractive new school, he said. There have been a lot of requests for a year-round school, Dunsmore said. "This may be an opportunity for us to look into that," he said. "There is a lot of success across North Carolina, as well as the entire nation, with year-around schools." The influence of the two new middle schools has been wonderful, Dunsmore said. The hope is that the same trend will continue with the new Meadow Lane, for both the base and the surrounding community. R. David Kemp, M.D. Ajay I. Shreenath, M.D. • Hemodialysis • Home Dialysis Training • Preventative Kidney Care • Hypertension • Kidney Disease • Internal Medicine Accepting New Patients • Most Insurances Accepted (919) 580.1026 2 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS: 1704- A Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro • 516 Beamon Street, Clinton (919) 580.1026 1DCT0217L© Meadow Lane Continued from 33 34 13DMG0217L© 1200 W Grantham Street, Goldsboro, NC 27530 919-734-8701 • Christ-centered curriculum • Nursery-12th Grade Fully Accredited • ABeka curriculum • E-Books in HS Digital Assessments • Dual Enrollment Courses College Prep Program • Home Economics Elementary Spanish Celebrating 50 Years "Where Faith is the Foundation for Your Child's Education" Academics Successful elementary, junior high & high school athletic program Local & out of state educational field trips Extracurricular Activities Practical chapel services • Bible classes and daily devotions Emphasis on character education • Annual school retreats Community outreach Christian Training Caring, creative, and certified faculty Faculty NCCSA Fine Arts and Elementary Fine Arts Competition Tri-state SACS annual student competition Private piano, voice and instrument lessons Beginner-advanced band Fine Arts A Foundation of Faith, A Tradition of Excellence

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