Voters to decide on CMS, CPCC bonds

Mecklenburg County voters will have the chance on Election Day to vote on $500 million in bond referendums to support capital projects at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Central Piedmont Community College campuses.

The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners voted in the spring to allow $290 million in bonds for CMS and $210 million for CPCC to go before voters Nov. 5. Both requests would pay for renovation of existing facilities, new facilities and to help strengthen programs throughout both educational systems. CMS has designated the funds to 17 different projects that stretch across all six districts in Mecklenburg County. In addition, CPCC has designated the funds to 10 projects that stretch across their ever-expanding campuses. Here’s one last look at the projects before Election Day, on Nov. 5:

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
District 1, which covers North Mecklenburg and the Mountain Island area:
• Replacement school for J. M. Alexander Middle School
• Conversion and expansion of Davidson Elementary to kindergarten to eighth-grade school.
District 2, which covers west Charlotte and the Steele Creek and Lake Wylie areas:
• Replacement school for Nations Ford Elementary School
• A new pre-kindergarten to eighth-grade school to provide relief for Berryhill School and Reid Park Academy.
• Renovation for Northwest School of the Arts
District 3, which covers north and northeast Charlotte:
• A replacement school for Statesville Road Elementary
• An addition and renovation at Olympic High School
• An addition for Northridge Middle School
District 4, which covers east Charlotte:
• Repurpose Oakhurst to open as a full STEAM kindergarten through fifth-grade school; reopen Starmount Elementary School to provide relief for Huntingtowne Farms and Montclaire elementary schools.
• A new kindergarten through eighth-grade language immersion school to provide relief to Albemarle Road elementary and middle schools.
• A new addition at East Mecklenburg High School.
District 5, which covers south Charlotte between Uptown and N.C. 51:
• Renovation for Selwyn Elementary School
• Addition for Myers Park High School
• Addition for South Mecklenburg High School
District 6, which covers south Charlotte, Matthews and Mint Hill:
• New STEAM kindergarten to eighth-grade school to provide relief for Ballantyne, Elon Park, Hawk Ridge and Polo Ridge elementary schools, and Community House and Jay M. Robinson middle schools.
District 1,2,3, and 6:
• Phase 1 of Career and Technology Education programs at Garinger, West Mecklenburg, North Mecklenburg and Independence high schools.
District 2 and 3:
• Conversions of Ashley Park, Bruns Avenue, Walter G. Byers, Druid Hills, Reid Park and Westerly Hills to pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade schools.

Central Piedmont Community College
Central Campus, uptown Charlotte:
• Purchase of land and construction of additional 100,000 square feet of high-tech advanced manufacturing training.
• Renovation of Giles Science Building, providing 154 more biology and chemistry lab stations.
• Construction of Basic Skills-Literacy Center, a 200,000-square-foot facility to help adult students gain basic skills needed for the workplace; also will house GED program.
• Renovation and expansion of Terrell Hall to provide 81,500 square feet of new space; will serve as center for student services and student union.
• Renovation and expansion of the Advanced Technology Center, adding 75,000 square feet of space for the center’s advance manufacturing and machining programs.
Levine Campus, Matthews:
• Purchase of land and construction of additional 120,000 square feet of instructional space, including space for the CMS middle college.
•Expansion of the Hendrick Automotive Building to add 13,000 square feet of training space.
Harper Campus, southwest Charlotte:
•Construction of 150,000 square feet of instructional space, including space for a third CMS middle college.
Merancas Campus, Huntersville:
• Purchase of land and construction of additional 100,000 square feet of instructional space.
Cato Campus, northeast Charlotte:
• Construction of additional 100,000 square feet of instructional space.

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