• November 6, 2017

    The Lee County Boards of Commissioners and Education met in a joint session for presentation on the W.B. Wicker PK-5 STEAM School.

    Hite Associates Presentation of Concept Plan (PowerPoint) - Architech Jimmy Hite

    Hite Associates Presentation of Concept Plan  (PDF) - Architect Jimmy Hite

    W.B. Wicker Elementary - Overview of a journey to create an A+ STEAM school - Lee County Schools Accountability Coordinator Wendy Carlyle

    November 2015

    The Lee County Board of Education and the Lee County Board of Commissioners have selected the former W.B. Wicker School site, located at 806 S. Vance Street in Sanford, as the location for the county’s newest elementary school.  The school is expected to open in the fall of 2019.

    W.B. Wicker School was built in 1927, and its hallways were filled with children until its closing in 1990. The school was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. (See more information below on the school’s nomination to the National Register.)

    As envisioned, the school will serve approximately 1,000 children in Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.  A plan to incorporate both an attendance zone and a school-of-choice model is being considered.

    A STEAM curriculum (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), along with support services and strong community involvement, will give students attending the new school a solid foundation for their education and their future.Wicker School proposal

    Excerpts below from J. Daniel Pezzoni (July 2007). "Lee County Training School" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office.

    The Lee County Training School, better known as W.B. Wicker School, served as Sanford and Lee County’s African American high school from construction in 1927 until it was decommissioned as a high school in 1969. The one-story brick building, characterized by large windows alternating with pilasters, was renamed in 1954 after its first principal, William Bartelle Wicker, and it was built by contractor A.L. “Link” Boykin, a leading member of Sanford’s black community. Additions were made to the building in 1934 and 1949, and the campus was enlarged by the construction of other buildings from the 1930s through the 1960s.


    Construction funds were provided in part by the Rosenwald Fund, conceived in the 1910s by Southern black leader and educator Booker T. Washington.


    United States Department of the Interior

    National Park Service

    National Register of Historic Places

    See the full Registration Form - http://www.hpo.ncdcr.gov/nr/LE0266.pdf