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County approves funding for new school earlier than planned to jump-start construction

The Orange County Board of Commissioners approved funding Tuesday for an elementary school that will help alleviate overcrowding within the district.

Commissioners unanimously voted to provide funding for Elementary 11 earlier than they planned to jump-start construction.

The money will allow Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools to open the school as early as August 2013, a year earlier than its original projected opening date.

The board first considered speeding up the time frame for constructing Elementary 11 when enrollment exceeded the district’s capacity in August, prompting concerns from parents.

At the beginning of the 2011-12 school year, the district was at 104 percent capacity. Elementary 11 is expected to provide room for an additional 500 to 600 students.

The school district will use $2.1 million from its reserve fund, and the county will repay the funding.

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