The population at Torrence Creek Elementary School in Huntersville is expected to decrease dramatically in fall 2013 when a new elementary school opens nearby.
Earlier this month, Mecklenburg County commissioners approved $15.3 million for the long-awaited Stumptown Elementary.
The school system will begin accepting bids in spring and should begin construction by May, said Dennis Lacaria, planning specialist with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. It is expected to open in August 2013.
The school is expected to be modeled after Long Creek Elementary School. The two-story school will have 39 classrooms and an 800-student capacity.
When it opens, the school is expected to be at about 80 percent occupancy. The opening of Stumptown Elementary School will end a more than six-year effort by area residents and officials to relieve crowding at Torrence Creek.
"It's been something that's been needed for a while, there's no doubt about that," said Lacaria.