STEELE CREEK NEWS
2008) Construction has begun on two new elementary schools in Steele
One is located north
of Dixie River Road in the Berewick community. The school is located
on the site of the future Berewick Regional Park.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education approved the design
contract for the new school in January 2008 and awarded the contract
to Hendrick Construction in June 2008. Construction should be
complete in time for the school to open in August 2009.
Construction activity on July 24, 2008 - Photo courtesy of
Schools will hold public workshops regarding enrollment and
boundaries in the fall. Students living in Berewick currently are
assigned to Berryhill Elementary School, but the new Berewick
elementary school also will relieve overcrowding at Steele Creek
The Berewick Regional
Park site includes 195 acres. The first phase, including the school
site, contains 38 acres and will include three baseball/softball
fields and a restroom building. The elementary school gym will be
used by the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department as a
recreation center. Completion of the park's first phase is scheduled
for December 2009.
First Phase of Berewick Regional Park to Open at the End of 2009
(April 5,2008) and a map of the
Berewick Regional Park Master Plan. Also see a map of the
school location here:
Future Berewick Elementary School on WikiMapia. (Hover
your cursor over the "+" at the center of the map.) For construction
information, see the
New Berewick Elementary School Construction Web Page.
Construction also has
begun on the second new school, located on the northwest corner of
the intersection of Hamilton and Smith Roads, just a quarter of a
mile from the South Carolina line. The general contractor for this
school is Beam Construction. See the
New Hamilton Smith Elementary School Construction Web Page.
Also see a map of the school location here:
Future Hamilton Smith Elementary School on WikiMapia.
(Hover your cursor over the "+" at the center of the map.)
Parents of affected
students will have an opportunity for input regarding enrollment and
boundaries for this school at public workshops to be held in fall
2008, and the school is scheduled to open in fall 2009. The new
Hamilton Smith elementary school will help relieve overcrowding at
Lake Wylie and Winget Park Elementary Schools.
The interim school
names in current use are temporary. Public input for the permanent
names will be solicited after the principals are named in spring
for the new schools was approved by voters in November 2007. This
school bond also included funds for a third elementary school in
Steele Creek. Located adjacent to the Palisades community, this
school is scheduled to open in fall 2010. At that time, attendance
zones for the new Hamilton-Smith elementary school and other
southern Steele Creek elementary schools will change again.
The Board of
Education recently approved purchase of a site for this school. A
new high school, expected to open in 2012, also will be on this
Future York Road Elementary School on WikiMapia. (Hover
your cursor over the "+" at the center of the map.)
To see renderings of
the two new schools, see
The Steele Creek Blog - First Look at New Schools.