Plaintiffs Michael and Jennifer O’Connor and Defendant the Town of Southern Pines are pleased to announce that a settlement agreement has been reached following amicable discussions on Tuesday January 2nd that included representatives from Moore County Schools and Knollwood Partners LLC/Pine Needles Country Club, Inc.
The agreement addresses specific potable water and traffic safety concerns of neighbors immediately adjacent to the site. The terms include concessions regarding the placement of a fence line, potential location of the bus drive and temporary construction trailer, and a limitation on the use of irrigation wells at the Elementary School site. In exchange for these concessions, the O’Connor’s have agreed to dismiss their lawsuit, which will allow the Moore County Schools to keep the Area I School project on schedule.
Town leaders appreciate the willingness of all parties to gather on short notice and work toward an acceptable conclusion to this matter. Everyone involved recognized the significant need for additional and updated classroom space throughout Moore County, and this Agreement represents an important milestone in keeping the Moore County Schools plan on track.