While considering the future of New Hanover County for the next twenty-five years, the planning staff found it would be essential to meet with students from various parts of the county. The staff met with students who were involved in their school’s student council/governments. These students, along with rest of our counties younger population, will be leaders, workforce, taxpayers, parents, and more during the implementation of the comprehensive plan. Staff discussed the overall goal of the plan and allowed the students to come up with their own ideas and goals for the future.
Over the months of January, February, and March planning staff visited four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. The elementary schools were Castle Hayne, Walter L. Parsley, H.C. Bellamy, and Mary C. Williams. The middle school visited was Emma B. Trask. The high school visited was Isaac Bear Early College. Students discussed the future of the county and changes they would like to see in order to stay in the area or come back to in the future. By engaging a range of students from various areas and backgrounds, the staff was able to observe how students perceive the area and were conscientious about issues both within their area and the outside world.