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Mountain Island Lake Academy getting $2.5 million upgrade


Mountain Island Lake Academy will be getting $2.5 million in upgrades as the northwest Charlotte school prepares to expand to more grades and offer a specialty academic program.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has budgeted $860,000 to renovate two classrooms into science labs, which entails new flooring, ventilation, plumbing and casework. Another $1.7 million has been slated for a new mobile unit that houses 10 classrooms.

The school board is expected to approve pieces of each project at its Tuesday meeting. The science labs should be complete by August, and the mobile unit by December.

Both projects will help the school as it continues to expand from an elementary school to a K-8. The school offered prekindergarten through sixth grade this year, and will add on seventh grade in the fall.

Mountain Island Lake Academy is also planning to offer the Cambridge International program starting with the 2015-16 school year. The program, developed by the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, was approved for Hopewell High and its feeder schools this year. It’s viewed similarly to International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement.