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SOLAR SCHOOL A PRODUCT OF COOPERATION

If you drive west on Arabia Road from the Rockfish area in eastern Hoke County, you might expect to take a step back in time to a more leisurely, rustic way of life, not to encounter the cutting edge of 21st century architecture and conservation-conscious engineering.

But that's what you'll find if you stop at the corner of Arabia and Chason roads, where the new Sandy Grove Middle School keeps making jaws drop.

The trade publication Engineering News and Record has called the solar-powered school the best K-12 education project of the past year. Making it happen took cooperation and innovative thinking, including support from Fort Bragg and an arrangement in which Hoke County leases the site from the development firm.