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CMS OK's three major school construction projects. Where will $33 million be spent?

Students sit on exercise balls in a first-grade class at Davidson Elementary.
Students sit on exercise balls in a first-grade class at Davidson Elementary.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board approved contracts for two major school upgrades and a new special education school Tuesday, with $33 million coming from 2013 and 2017 bonds.

The new school for students with severe behavioral disabilities will be built on the site of the old Statesville Road Elementary School. The $16 million contract with Edifice Inc. calls for the school to open in August 2019, replacing the program now located at Lincoln Heights Academy. It will be the first project to materialize from the $922 million school bond package Mecklenburg voters approved last fall.

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An $11 million contract with Gilbane Building Co. will build a 22-classroom middle school building at Davidson Elementary, which is slated to turn into a K-8 neighborhood school in 2019. It's one of the unfinished projects approved in the 2013 bond package and is designed to relieve crowding at Bailey Middle School.

Druid Hills Academy, a preK-8 school in north Charlotte, would get a new gym, new specialty classrooms and other upgrades to make it more suitable for the age range it serves. The $6 million contract with Edifice calls for completion in August 2019. The 2013 bonds included money to upgrade several preK-8 schools that were hastily created in 2011, but the board revised some of those plans during its recent student assignment review.

The board also approved contracts to locate new mobile classrooms at Torrence Creek Elementary (10 classrooms and two restrooms), Barnette Elementary (six classrooms and a restroom), Ardrey Kell High (four classrooms), Albemarle Road Middle (four classrooms and a restroom), and Sharon and Billingsville elementary schools (two classrooms and a restroom at each school).

Ann Doss Helms: 704-358-5033, @anndosshelms
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