School Notes: July 13

Covenant Day adds parking for Warner Park

People wanting access to Covenant Day School’s Warner Park now have a second entrance and parking lot to choose from.

The school purchased 1.31 acres at 10812 Monroe Road last October, after a lengthy battle with Matthews town commissioners over proposed plans for the former Colchester Place Garden & Nursery space. Commissioners voted last August to kill the school’s request of a proposed driveway connecting the new lot to Warner Park that would allow a connection to both parking lots from either Monroe Road or N.C. 51. But officials at the August meeting worried the plan would have negative effects on area neighborhoods, such as Sardis Forest. Now, a median forces many drivers to make a U-turn to get to the park from its N.C. 51 entrance. Originally the school planned to buy two parcels, totaling 2.24 acres.

The school purchased the 1.31 acres for $625,000, according to real estate records. Online county records show the parcel sold for $344,000 in 2003. The property had an assessed value of $427,800 in 2011.

This summer, the school opened the gravel lot and added walking access to the park, Megan Holt, marketing and communications director for the school, said in an email. The final use and plan for the property is still to be determined, she said.

Local graduates net scholarships

The Mint Hill Eastern Star #353 and Masonic Lodge #742, both local civic groups in Mint Hill, recently awarded scholarships to teens in the area.

Elizabeth Menzer, recent graduate of Independence High, and Christiana Cusimano, recent graduate of Butler High, were both awarded a $1,500 scholarship from the groups.

The scholarships, which have been awarded to deserving students in the community for the past 13 years, are based on academic achievement and community involvement and are made possible by members of the groups.

Mint Hill Eastern Star also presented Hanna Fowler, a nursing major at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, with the Eastern Star Grand Chapter scholarship. This is the third year Hanna received the scholarship. Grand Chapter scholarships are given statewide and are made possible by various projects and fundraisers by the local chapters.

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