The University of North Carolina Wilmington is creating a permanent home on its campus for the Isaac Bear Early College High School.
The university will construct a 44,000-square-foot, two-story building on the east campus quarter behind the university's Seahawk Village residence hall, reports Port City Daily.
The Isaac Bear Early College High School was founded in 2006 in a partnership between the university and the New Hanover County (N.C.) school district. It moved to the university's campus in 2007.
About 200 students at the early college now attend classes in modular units on the campus.
The new Isaac Bear facility will enable the school to double its enrollment and provide more space for classrooms, a media center, administration offices, health services, counselor services and a cafeteria.
The state allocated $1 million to the university in December for planning of an Isaac Bear facility on the university's campus. The school district will be responsible for paying for construction, renovation, maintenance and operation of the building.