A planned Catholic high school in the Huntersville-Concord area is short by half of the number of applicants needed for its ninth grade and has extended the enrollment deadline to Feb. 28.
The 51 students enrolled are shy of the school's 100-student target. But Christ the King Catholic High School still intends to open in August at a site to be determined, officials with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte said last week.
The school would be the second in the diocese, joining Charlotte Catholic, on Pineville-Matthews Road.
Despite the enrollment shortfall at Christ the King, the diocese "is very encouraged" with the number of registrants so far, spokesman David Hains said.
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"The diocese values the outstanding effort put forward to date by the many volunteers and the parents who have registered their children," Hains said. "The diocese is optimistic that through the continued efforts of these parents, the enrollment objectives will be achieved by Feb. 28."
The diocese is interviewing applicants for the post of project developer and plans to make a selection by the end of November, Hains said.
Registration details: www.christthekinghs.com.