Lake Norman & Mooresville

Langtree, Cabarrus charter schools plan expansions

The organization overseeing charter schools in Mooresville and Concord has reached agreements to purchase land for high schools set to open for the 2016-17 school year, according to an email to parents.

Students in grades K-7 currently attend Langtree Charter Academy in Mooresville and Cabarrus Charter Academy in Concord. The schools are adding eighth grades for the 2015-16 school year before accepting their first ninth-graders in 2016-2017.

Both schools are managed by Charter Schools USA, a Florida-based, for-profit company, and are governed by the not-for-profit N.C. Charter Educational Foundation, which is based in Mooresville.

Officials at the two schools could not be reached for comment.

The high school for Langtree Charter will be on land directly adjacent to the existing school off U.S. 21, just north of Langtree Road, the foundation said in its email. At Cabarrus Charter, the high school will require a second campus about 3 miles from the existing Poplar Crossing Road facility. The land for the high school is at the corner of Weddington and Pitts roads.

“We are still in the due diligence stage on both of these properties but wanted to assure parents that we are committed to the process of the future plans for our high schools that would open in the fall of 2016,” the foundation said in its communication to parents.

A spokesperson for Charter Schools USA said the company is working with the foundation to determine the cost of the project, site plans and building design.

“There are no further updates at this point,” said spokesman Colleen Reynolds when asked for details of the projects.

Both schools opened for the 2013-14 school year with grades K-6, with plans to add one grade a year through grade 12.

John Deem is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for John? Email him at john.deem@outlook.com.

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