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CMS Plans 5 New Schools for Steele Creek by 2014

(October 16,  2003) As many as 5 new elementary schools may be built in the Steele Creek section of Mecklenburg County by 2014 according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg School's Long-Range Master Plan, which was adopted by the Board of Education at its October 14 meeting. (See map.)

School system planners project an increase of about 46,000 students system-wide over the next 10 years, and they see a need for 23 new schools, including 19 elementary, 1 middle, and 3 high schools.

Planners anticipate that new residential development will add 8,000 to 10,000 new students in Steele Creek over the next 10 years. To accommodate this increase, they see a need for 5 additional elementary schools. None of the potential middle or high school target areas are within Steele Creek. The numbered targeted areas for new elementary schools in Steele Creek are:

15. Dixie River Road/Garrison Road area
16. Shopton Road West/Winget Road area
17. Shopton Road West/Sledge Road area
18. Youngblood Road/Steele Creek Road area
19. York Road/Red Fez Club Road area

The plan does not include actual site selections, but new schools generally would be located within the target areas on the map below.

The plan also calls for enlarging a number of existing schools, including Steele Creek Elementary School and Kennedy Middle School.

For more information, visit the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools web site. Specifically, view the Draft of the Long-Range Master Plan.