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Onslow County Schools’ newest facility — Dixon Middle School — was dedicated August 15, by staff, students, Board of Education members, past and present Onslow County Commissioners, and other community partners.

The 155,000 square-foot learning environment will officially welcome students August 28, and will house fifth through eighth grades.  The school was completed on time and $3 million under budget.  Clancy & Theys Construction Company was the general contractor.

Though not a traditional school in design, this state-of-the-art school has all the necessary components — classrooms, resource rooms, cafeteria, media center and gymnasium.  What is different is the concept. Wide hallways with seating areas throughout provide space for students to collaborate; movable walls provide flexibility in layout and use to allow for different activities.  A Bull Pen near the school’s entrance will also be used as a flexible learning space.

On hand for the dedication and ribbon cutting were a group of very proud students who started working with the architects, Smith Sinnett, when they were in eighth grade.  As part of an Innovation Fair they took on a project to design a new Dixon Middle School.  Once brought to the attention of the architects, the students were invited to present their project and concepts. Ultimately, they began meeting with the architect design team and some of their ideas were incorporated.  They participated in the groundbreaking and were very excited to be part in the ribbon cutting.

As part of the school dedication, the media center was officially named after Kern Everett, a retired Onslow County teacher and principal who served the Dixon schools for many years.  His passion had always been the school library — making sure it was full of books and resources for his students.  His portrait was unveiled and will hang in the media center.

The decades old Dixon Middle School will not be forgotten.  In the entry way of the new school hangs a photo of the old building surrounded by a frame made from sections of the school’s old wood floor.  Newer parts of the school will be renovated and used by neighboring Dixon High School.

 

  

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