Mecklenburg County voters approve $922 million school bond package
On November 7th, Charlotte-Mecklenburg County voters went to the polls and voted ‘yes’ to a $922 million school bond referendum. The package includes funds for 10 new schools and 7 replacement schools across the district. Another 12 existing schools were allocated funds for expansion or renovation projects.
One of the more costly items incorporated in the bond package calls for the construction of a new high school in Southwest Charlotte. The $110 million, new ‘Palisades High School’ (or ‘Southwest High School’ as it is referred to by CMS) will sit on land currently owned by the school district, adjacent to Palisades Park Elementary school. An official name for the new school has not been declared.
Construction of the 125 classroom high school is to begin spring of 2020 and open for the 2022-2023 school year. The much-needed high school will relieve an overwhelmed Olympic High School and serve surrounding neighborhoods including The Palisades and RiverPointe among others.
Although the size of the school bond is significant (past voter-approved school bonds included one for $516 million in 2007 and another for $295 million in 2013), the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners, which put the school bond on the ballot, said that the bond would not lead to an increase in taxes.
“We are very grateful to the citizens of Mecklenburg County for the support given to our kids,” said Dr. Clayton Wilcox, superintendent of CMS. “The approval of the bond request means we can begin improving schools and creating better opportunities for our students and teachers – and we’re ready to go to work.”