School Planning

2020 Statewide Facility Needs Survey

DOWNLOAD the 2020 Facility Needs Survey

The 2020 FNS is a Microsoft Access Database.  The file size is large - approximately 55mb - and requires MS Access installed on a Windows PC.  Individual LEA database passcodes will be sent directly to Superintendents.


DEADLINE - Friday, January 8, 2021.

Questions should be directed to Nathan Maune, AIA, via email:

COVID-19 Update


Please send all correspondence and design review submittals electronically – via email or download link – to Teri Williams at:
When submitting design reviews, please provide 3 PDF files:
  1. DPI Project Transmittal Form
  2. Drawings
  3. Specifications
Electronic Design Review Submittal  
PDF format - DPI Transmittal, Drawings, Specifications Electronic Submittal
Communication will be most efficient using email.
Contact Information    
Teri Williams Office Manager
Nathan Maune, AIA Section Chief
Jon Long, AIA Architect
Roger Leeson, AIA Architect
Dennis Hilton, PE Structural Engineer
Josh Burris, PE Mechanical Engineer
Jon Jones, PE Electrical Engineer


The School Planning Section of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction assists public schools, architects, and design teams in the planning and design of high quality school facilities that enhance education and provide lasting value to the children and citizens of North Carolina.

Project Planning

  • Facility Programming
  • Space Profiles
  • Site Selection
  • Design Guidelines
  • Cost Estimating
  • Demolition
  • Building Codes
  • Prototype School Designs
  • Statewide Facility Needs Survey

Design Review

  • School Planning professionals conduct design reviews for new schools, additions, and renovations.  Design reviews ensure that school facilities accommodate modern educational program requirements.  Project reviews encompass code compliance, life safety, longevity, durability, economy, and efficiency of building construction systems.  Comments address local program flexibility while providing accountability with regard to the State Board of Education's North Carolina Public Schools Facilities Guidelines.  Design review conferences are available at each design phase, offering design teams and school administrators the opportunity to meet with the School Planning staff of architects, engineers, and programmatic specialists.

School Construction

  • Construction Costs
  • Building Demolition
  • Modular Facilities

Capital Funding

  • PSBCF — Public School Building Capital Fund
  • NBPSCF — Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund
  • ADM Corporate Tax Revenue
  • Equipment Grants
  • Federal Funding
  • Technology Fund
  • School Bonds
  • Hurricane Recovery

Legislative References

  • NC Laws governing school construction

External Resources

  • Green Ribbon Schools — U.S. Department of Education
  • A4LE — Association for Learning Environments
  • NCSF — National Council on School Facilities
  • External Planning Resources
  • School Closing Procedures
  • Archived Publications

Residential Campuses

  • WNCSD — Western NC School for the Deaf, Morganton, NC
  • ENCSD — Eastern NC School for the Deaf, Wilson, NC
  • GMS — Governor Morehead School for the Blind, Raleigh, NC
  • NCCAT — North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Cullowhee, NC
  • NCCAT — North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Ocracoke, NC

Prototype Designs

  • School Planning maintains a central clearinghouse of Prototype School Designs in accordance with the requirements of G.S. 115C-521.

Contact Information

Teri Williams Office Manager 984-236-2921
Nathan Maune, AIA Section Chief 984-236-2919
Jon Long, AIA Architect 984-236-2923
Roger Leeson, AIA Architect 984-236-2925
Dennis Hilton, PE Structural Engineer 984-236-2922
Josh Burris, PE Mechanical Engineer 984-236-2924
Jonathan Jones, PE Electrical Engineer 984-236-2918

Mailing Addresses

UPS  |  FedEx
School Planning
NC Department of Public Instruction
301 North Wilmington Street / Suite 7026
Raleigh, NC  27601-2825
US Mail
School Planning
NC Department of Public Instruction
6319 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC  27699-6319