STEELE CREEK NEWS
CMS Board Approves
Plan to Relieve School Overcrowding
7, 2005) At its April 26 meeting, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School
Board unanimously approved spending $2.7 million to provide
additional space at five of the most overcrowded schools in the
system, including Lake Wylie and Steele Creek Elementary Schools.
For the 2005-2006
school year, Lake Wylie Elementary School is projected to have 1461
students, which is 195% of its capacity. Specific problems
identified at the school are lack of space for special programs,
lack of dining space, and a shortage of car and bus parking. The
plan adopted on April 26 will add five mobile classrooms and a
modular dining facility for use beginning next fall. Total cost is
Elementary School has a projected enrollment of 1169 next year, or
190% of capacity. Problems identified at Steele Creek were lack of
space for classrooms and special programs and a shortage of car
parking. Improvements approved were an 8-classroom modular unit and
additional parking, at a total cost of $595,000.
The opening in
2006 of the new elementary school currently under construction on
Winget Road is expected to relieve some of the overcrowding at these
two schools. However, overcrowding is expected to continue at Steele
Creek, which is why the decision was made to add a modular unit
rather than additional trailers. The modular unit is expected to
remain after the new elementary school opens.
schools slated for relief were Coulwood Middle School, Alexander
Middle School, and North Mecklenburg High School.