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UPDATED - SESP Redistricting Information

An artist's prototype of the new Southern Elementary School Project

UPDATED - March 11, 2020 - On March 10, during its regular monthly meeting, the Onslow County Board of Education approved Scenario 1(A) as the redistricting plan for the new Coastal Elementary School, which will open to students in the southern part of the county in August 2021. 

At the meeting, OCS Chief Operations Officer Steve Myers presented the Board with scenarios 1(A) and 2. Scenario 1(A) splits the existing Dixon Elementary district in half and does not include pulling any students from Southwest Elementary to Coastal Elementary. Scenario 2 would have split the Dixon Elementary district in half the same way as Scenario 1(A), but it would have included pulling 18 students from Southwest Elementary to attend the new school. 

When the new redistricting plan goes into effect for the 2021-2022 school year, fifth grade will be moved back into the elementary schools from Dixon Middle School, the population of Dixon Elementary will reduce to 635 students, and Coastal Elementary School will open with a student population of approximately 658. 

The redistricting plan was approved with a 6-1 vote. Board member Jeff Hudson was the dissenting vote, citing concerns about the new district's line near the Southwest community and travel times for families in that area. 

You can see the newly approved redistricting map here: SESP Redistricting Map

UPDATED - March 3, 2020 - Based on feedback from the Board of Education, parents and the community, redistricting maps for the new Coastal Elementary School have been updated.

You can view the updated maps for the Southern Elementary School Project at

Coastal Elementary School, previously referred to as the Southern Elementary School Project (SESP), under construction on Folkstone Road in the Dixon area, will open for students in August 2021. To better serve our elementary school children in the Dixon area, on September 20, 2019, the OCS Board of Education asked district staff to begin working on a redistricting plan to address the opening of the new school. 

The opening of a new school will require the creation of two separate districts within the existing Dixon area. On February 14, OCS district staff provided the Board of Education three re-alignment proposals for consideration. Maps showing the three options are posted here: SESP Redistricting

The new district lines are designed to provide a continuity of instructional services and balance the student population between the new school and Dixon Elementary.   

You can find more information on the Southern Elementary School Project at
View a presentation on the Southern Elementary School Project and Redistricting presented by Steve Myers, Chief of Operations, on February 18, 2020 at a Dixon Area Town Hall meeting.  Click HERE for presentation.

In a special BOE meeting on February 26, Mr. Myers presented the three redistricting scenarios. At this meeting, the Board decided to table a decision on redistricting to the March 10 BOE meeting to allow plenty of time for additional community feedback. You can read more about this presentation and see a video of the special meeting here: BOE Meeting on February 26