School Board selects architect to design new middle school

School Board selects architect to design new middle school
Posted on 02/24/2015
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The Kannapolis City Board of Education has selected an architect to begin designing its new middle school. The board chose Moseley Architecture from Charlotte. Moseley has an excellent track record and has designed more than 100 middle schools. It also has a plan for using solar energy for the new building and for preparing the site so it is best suited for accommodating the new school. The site is on property that KCS already owns next to the current Kannapolis Middle School.  


Now that Moseley has been selected by the board, KCS will begin the process of developing an official contract with the firm. Once the contract is secured, architects will begin designing a new KCS middle school. They will get input from KCS staff—including those at the school level. KCS is working with Cabarrus County Commissioners to provide money to build the school.While the funding has not yet been finalized, it is expected to be available by early 2016. If that timetable stays in place, construction will begin in the winter of 2016 and should be completed by the start of school in 2017.


Once the new middle school opens, it will be for grades seven and eight and will be larger than the current KMS. The district will then convert the current middle school into a second intermediate school. Both intermediate schools will house grades four, five, and six, and all KCS elementary schools will switch to K-3. That will allow KCS to relieve overcrowding across the district by building just one school.


Once the new school opens, the current KIS will become a STEM magnet school. The building is well suited for a STEM magnet because it originally served as a middle school. Therefore, it has science labs and other resources that will make it an ideal place for a STEM school and an attractive offering for many students and families. The current KMS building will eventually become an arts magnet school, but both schools will offer a full curriculum that includes all subjects. 


As the new middle school is built, it will include resources to support a full STEAM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). It will be equipped with advanced science, technology, and arts facilities, which will complement the intermediate schools and be a stepping stone to A.L. Brown High School. A.L. Brown currently offers extensive arts and STEM programs. The new middle school also will support Kannapolis City Schools’ new strategic plan, which emphasizes a STEAM curriculum. 


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