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New state-of-the-art school opens in Jones County

August 7, 2019 Posted by NC Lottery at 8:27 AM

When you buy a lottery ticket, you help raise money for education and thanks to your play a new state-of-the-art school opens this month in Jones County, a small rural community in Eastern North Carolina.

The new school campus has 41 classrooms filled with the latest classroom technology and secured with the latest safety features.

Families there have dreamed about a new school for their children for years. The campus provides a new home to Trenton Elementary School and Jones County Senior High.

They joined students, teachers, principals, and local and state officials to celebrate the opening of the new school in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday.

“It’s not just about brick and mortar,” said Jones County School Superintendent Michael Bracy at Monday’s ceremony. “It’s about how we create this learning environment that makes our students have this opportunity that they will never forget, and such a positive opportunity.” 

When the new school year starts later this month, about 750 students will go back to school in classrooms equipped with the latest technology for learning. A long, open corridor with glass walls extends across the front of the 123,000 square-foot building with three wings housing separately elementary, middle, and high school students branching off to the rear. The campus also includes four science labs, four collaborative spaces, and six exploratory classrooms.

The Education Lottery, which raised $15 million to help build the new school, is proud to have played a part in making the dreams of Jones County families come true.



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9/13/2021 09:23 - Elbert D.

Great to know theres an abundants of opportunity,money,and help for the younger kids to get a wonderful start on life.

11/18/2019 11:38 - JIM B.

47 Million Dollar School! Wow that is a lot of money for a school. It's no wonder there are not more being built to replace the aging dinosaur schools in existence. However thank you for your 15 Million contribution. 47 Million-geez.

11/12/2019 02:59 - Stephen B.

Where is Jones County and did the solar panels justify the investment via energy cost savings? In addition, why does so much of the Lottery money go to university scholarships when so many kids have trouble graduating from high school?NC Lottery
Hi Stephen, All great questions. The lottery does not have decision making power in how lottery funds are used. Legislators decide how to best use the money we raise. Jones County school officials said that overall the school will generate more energy that it needs and the extra surplus will help reduce the overall energy cost of the school.

11/09/2019 06:02 - Guy F.

I for one do not trust State Legislators. Lottery money should go for bricks & mortar, not as they see fit.

10/16/2019 02:15 - william r.

may god bless you all and keep up the good work.

8/13/2019 02:15 - Margie M.

Looks GREAT!

8/11/2019 05:42 - JIM B.

What was the % of the last NCEL fiscal year contribution to the State of North Carolina school budget? I would rather you ask the question to your team vs myself sending a request for the information so as to see the % listed here on the forum. As always-thanks for your reply.NC Lottery
Hi Jim, In fiscal year 2019, the lottery contributed 25% of its revenue to education, that added up to an all time record contribution of $708 million for education across the state. We share detailed info on our return to education here: Please let us know if you have any other questions.

8/10/2019 10:06 - John H.

...what about current schools that need repairs and supplies? like restore all the other schools that need help first before building new ones. NC Lottery
Hi John! Legislators decide how to best use the money raised by the lottery. They must weigh all the needs for our schools, from classroom supplies to teacher pay. So far legislators have not opted to use lottery funds for classroom supplies, but the money raised helps meet other important needs. While there might be different opinions on the best use of money raised by the lottery, that does not mean the way it is used today isn’t doing a lot of good.

8/07/2019 03:24 - Denver G.

Shout out to James J. Great minds think alike. Hope to see you in the winners circle.

8/07/2019 10:15 - Chester W.

App still not working half of the time. I reinstalled app a few times. Reboot phone;android. We encountered an error while processing your request. Please try again later. We encountered an error while processing your request. Please try again later. We encountered an error while processing your request. Please try again later. NC Lottery
Sorry about that, Chester. Please give our online support team a call at 1-855-767-1863 and they should be able to look into this further.

8/07/2019 09:49 - Stuart S.

The proceeds from the lottery should not be used to substitute for general taxes. States like Florida and Alabama use their lottery monies to provide free tuition to eligible higher-ed bound students. I do not believe this use of lottery monies is praiseworthy.

8/07/2019 09:06 - Sharon S.

Congratulations on the new school. I have played the lottery and won some money. I can't complain, and I'm proud to see the money is helping communities in a positive way. GO JONES TOWN!

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