STEELE CREEK NEWS
2013 School Bond Includes
$8.9 Million for Olympic Improvements
10, 2013) On November 5, Mecklenburg County voters will have an opportunity to
approve a $290 million school bond package that includes $8,964,000 to build a 20-classroom addition to Olympic High School and
renovate the school's auditorium. The anticipated completion of the
addition and renovation is January 2017.
would be the first phase of a comprehensive renovation of the
school. The new classroom addition would provide swing space while
the rest of the school is renovated later. During these additional
renovations, approximately one fourth of the school's classrooms
would be taken off line at any given time. Funding for the
comprehensive renovations would come from the next round of bond
money, expected to be placed before the voters in 2017.
The following is
A Closer Look at The Proposed 2013 Capital Improvement Program.
Renovations: Olympic HS ($8,300,000)
Olympic HS is a 90
classroom campus constructed in 1965, and currently houses 2260
students in five small schools. Olympic has not received any work to
its educational buildings since 2000, and is well overdue for a
comprehensive renovation. The first step in this process will be the
construction of a classroom addition building to provide modern
science classrooms and “swing space” for the work to occur within
the main building. Updating of the auditorium will also be a focus.
The classroom addition will increase the school capacity and reduce
drastically the use of portables on the campus.
improvements are one of 17 projects in the $290 million bond
request, which are intended to provide more academic options for
students, relieve overcrowding, and renovate or replace facilities.
Included in the projects are construction for a replacement school
for Nations Ford Elementary School on the E. E. Waddell campus and a
new PK-8 school to relieve Berryhill and Reid Park Elementary
For more information
on the school bonds, see the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System's
2013 Bond Information web page.
Also on the November
ballot is a $210 bond package for Central Piedmont Community
College. One of the 10 projects will add 150,000 square-feet of
instructional space, including room for another CPCC-CMS middle
college, at the Harper Campus on Hebron Street.
Vote Yes For Bonds Campaign web site for more information on
the school and community college bonds.
Election Day is
Tuesday, November 5. Early Voting begins on October 17 at Hal
Marshall Annex and on October 26 at Steele Creek Library and 13
other locations. Early Voting continues through Saturday, November
2. See the
Mecklenburg County Board of Elections web site.
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