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Learn about CMS Ten-Year Plan at Olympic High December 21

(December 16, 2006) Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools expects to add 50,000 students in the next decade. To address this growing enrollment, facilities staff have drafted a proposal that would build 63 new schools. The plan would add 3,700 classrooms in 11 high, 13 middle, and 39 elementary schools. The total cost is estimated to be $2.4 billion.

Among these are at least five schools in Steele Creek. The highest priority is a new elementary school in the Berewick community that is needed to relieve Steele Creek Elementary School. The next priority is a new elementary school adjacent to Palisades in the Red Fez Club Road area. Other schools planned are middle and high schools near Palisades and York Road and an elementary school at the intersection of Hamilton Road and Smith Road.

The plan ranks construction and renovation projects by priority. The top projects in Steele Creek are:

 8  -  New Elementary School at Dixie River Road (Berewick) -  $16,500,000
12 -  Roofing at Kennedy Middle School - $368,500
24 -  New elementary school in York Road/Red Fez area - $16,500,000
25 -  Roofing at Olympic - $350,000
28 -  Track at Olympic - $350,000
45 -  Electrical work at Olympic ' $562,143
53 -  Stadium at Olympic - $5,025,000

CMS will hold a series of community forums throughout the county to gather input from citizens on the Ten-Year Plan. All meetings begin at 6 p.m. The Board of Education will review the plan in January and vote in February.

The remaining community forums for 10-year construction plan are as follows:

     Dec. 19 at Vance High School Media Center
     Dec. 21 at Olympic High School Auditorium
                     (4301 Sandy Porter Road just north of Arrowood Road/Brown-Grier Road)
     Jan. 4 at Myers Park High School Auditorium
     Jan. 11 at North Mecklenburg High School Auditorium

All Steele Creek residents who are concerned about area schools should plan to attend and voice their support for area projects.

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