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Mecklenburg Co. Voters Agree To $290 Million School Bond

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Voters said yes to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools $290 million bond request, giving the green light to 17 projects. The projects address boosting academic programs and relieving years of overcrowding at some schools. It will also renovate and replace older schools. The bond received over 74 percent support.

The 2013 bond will help the district meet part of its $1.8 billion, 10-year capital need. The bond money will pay for three new schools and a new K-8 language immersion school will provide relief for overcrowding at Albemarle Road Elementary and middle schools. A new Pre-K-8 will provide relief for overcrowding at Berryhill and Reid Park elementary.

A new Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering and Math (STEM) school will provide relief to Ballantyne, Elon Park, Hawk Ridge and Polo Ridge elementary and to Community House and Jay M. Robinson middle schools.

J.M. Alexander Middle, Nations Ford and Statesville Road Elementary, all built in the 1950s, will be replaced. Nearly half of the district’s 160 schools are more than 50 years old.

CMS Superintendent Dr. Heath E. Morrison said he was pleased with the outcome of the bond referendum.

“We will use this money over the next four years to strengthen our academic programs and improve school environments for learning,” he said. “We will also be better able to accommodate the steady enrollment growth we’re experiencing each year.”

The first installment of the bond money will become available July 1, 2014. The county will release the money to CMS, which will then begin working on facilities. The first projects to be started include repurposing facilities at Oakhurst and Starmount Elementary and constructing replacement schools at Nations Ford and Statesville Road.

A complete list of the 2013 bond projects can be seen here.


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