STEELE CREEK NEWS
Commissioners to Encourage Support for School Bonds
2017) On June 20, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners will
vote on whether to send a school bond issue to the voters in
November. The proposed bond includes funding for a new high school
to relieve Olympic and other Steele Creek area projects.
Opposition to the
bond exists on the Board, and it is not certain that they will
approve the bond. If you support a new high school and other
projects, please contact the commissioners to encourage their vote
in favor of the bond.
Steele Creek is split
by Districts 2 (represented by Vilma Leake) and 6 (represented by
Bill James) (see map on the right), but support by other district and
at-large representatives is needed. Please use the following
information to call or email the commissioners to encourage support
for the bonds:
Ella B. Scarborough,
Pat Cotham, At-Large
Jim Puckett, Vice
Chairman, District 1
Vilma Leake, District 2
George Dunlap, District 3
Dumont Clarke, District
Matthew Ridenhour, District 5
Olympic High School
is at 157% capacity and has 32 trailers. Additionally, Steele Creek
is one of the fastest growing areas of the county, so overcrowding
will only get worse. Relief is badly needed, but Olympic is over 50
years old and still has needs as well. Any initiatives on school
improvements need to
address the needs of all students in the Olympic attendance area,
including those who will continue to attend Olympic.
Proposed projects in
the 2017 bond include the following:
||New high school to relieve Olympic
||Phase One Career and Technical
Education Upgrades - Olympic, Harding, Garinger, and South
Mecklenburg High Schools
||New elementary school to relieve
Nations Ford, Sterling, and Steele Creek Elementary Schools
Area residents have
formed a committee headed by educatior Dr. Willie Gilchrist. For
more information on their efforts and additional information on the
bonds, see the Facebook group page for
SW Meck for Better Schools.
Once the County Commission approves the bonds, they must be approved by county voters in November.
Additional efforts to secure support for the bond referendum will be
needed this fall.
Mary McCray, Chairperson of the
Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board, said at a commuity meeting this
week that the CMS Board was committed to relief high schools, so if
the bonds are approved construction of an Olympic relief school
should be a priority.
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