Kannapolis Board of Education accepts short term financing offer to build new middle school

Kannapolis Board of Education accepts short term financing offer to build new middle school
Posted on 05/12/2014
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The Kannapolis City Board of Education has agreed to accept an offer of $23 million to build a new middle school in Kannapolis. The board voted 5-0 to approve a resolution that withdraws its Resolution in Support of a Bond Referendum and accept an offer of short term financing to fund the new middle school. Board members passed the resolution in response to a motion passed by the Cabarrus County Commissioners on March 17th. The commissioners’ motion offered up to $23 million in short term financing to build a new middle school in Kannapolis if the Kannapolis school board agreed to withdraw its resolution in support of a November bond referendum.

 

Kannapolis school board members accepted the short term financing offer because of the urgent need to build a new middle school in Kannapolis. Based on current enrollment projections, Kannapolis City Schools will be overcrowded by more than 600 students in grades K-8 by 2016. Because KCS has only one middle school and one intermediate school, redistricting is not an option to relieve overcrowding at those grade levels. In addition, the district does not have enough capacity at any of its five elementary schools to make redistricting an alternative at the lower grade levels. There is also not enough land available to expand existing schools or add enough mobile units to accommodate future growth.

 

The only viable option for relieving overcrowding is to build a new school. Under the plan adopted by the Kannapolis City Board of Education last September, Kannapolis City Schools proposes to build a new middle school for grades seven and eight on property that is next to the current middle school on Oakwood Avenue. The school board already owns the property. The new middle school would have a capacity of 1,100 students, which is 200 students more than the capacity of the current middle school. Under the approved plan, the current intermediate and middle schools would be converted to accommodate three grade levels instead of two. Each school would become an intermediate school for grades four through six. Carrying out this plan would relieve overcrowding at all of Kannapolis City Schools’ K-8 schools and provide enough capacity for the near future. Under the plan, fourth graders would move out of elementary schools, which would create more room at the elementary level. Students in grades four through six would be split between two intermediate schools, and a larger middle school would accommodate all of Kannapolis City Schools’ seventh and eighth graders. A.L. Brown High School would continue to serve ninth through twelfth graders.  

 

The need for a new middle school in Kannapolis has existed for many years. The Kannapolis City Board of Education first requested a new middle school in 2007. The board purchased the property for the new school in 2008. Last year, the board presented a list of facility needs to the Cabarrus County Commissioners, and the number priority was a new middle school. The list also included facility upgrades at Jackson Park Elementary, Woodrow Wilson Elementary, and A.L. Brown High School. The list of needs was submitted to Cabarrus County as part of a possible bond referendum to address multiple facility needs for both Cabarrus County Schools and Kannapolis City Schools. However, Cabarrus County Commissioners agreed to put a smaller bond referendum on the November ballot. It included only one school in Cabarrus County and one project for Kannapolis City Schools—the new middle school.

 

On March 17th the Commissioners passed a motion on a 3-2 vote to make short term financing available for the new Kannapolis middle school instead of having voters consider funding as part of a bond referendum. With the decision by the Kannapolis City Board of Education to accept the offer of short term financing, Cabarrus County government will now pursue a financing arrangement to fund the new middle school, and the November bond referendum will only include one K-12 school project: a replacement for Royal Oaks Elementary School. Voters will also consider a separate bond referendum for an Advanced Technology Center for Rowan Cabarrus Community College. 

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