News that the county has re-ranked the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools list of bond projects had some of you asking, understandably, what the new list looks like. As of Wednesday night, the report presented Tuesday wasn't online; keep checking this link and it should be posted soon under "Update on proposed capital improvement and operating budget," with the list on page 7 of that document.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
The 10 CMS projects that would be included in a three-year bond package are, in order of county priorities:
1. Replacing Alexander Middle School (no. 3 on the CMS ranking).
2. Renovating Myers Park High (no. 8).
3. Expanding/renovating Olympic High (no. 2).
4. Building a new preK-8 school in west Charlotte to relieve Berryhill and Reid Park (no. 5).
5. Reopening Oakhurst and Starmount as elementary schools (no. 1).
6. Building a new K-8 neighborhood/magnet school in east Charlotte (no. 4).
7. Replacing Nations Ford Elementary with a new school on the Waddell Language Academy campus (no. 9).
8. Replacing Statesville Road Elementary (no. 16).
9. Expanding/renovating East Mecklenburg High (no. 10).
10. Renovating South Mecklenburg High (no. 12).
In addition, the CMS report says the county is willing to renovate Northwest School of the Arts (no. 7 on the CMS list) using pay-as-you-go money, though it wouldn't be part of the bonds on the November ballot. (Read more about the CMS proposals here.) And a plan to add a building on Central Piedmont Community College's Harper Campus for a middle college high school, originally no. 6 on the CMS priority list, has been moved to the CPCC package.
If the county decides to put four years worth of projects on the November ballot, that would add renovations at Selwyn Elementary and six preK-8 schools to the CMS list, with renovations at Northridge Middle added to the pay-as-you-go list.
The projects that appear to be losing out are career-tech renovations at four high schools, conversion of Davidson Elementary to a K-8 school and construction of a new K-8 magnet in the Ballantyne area.
But nothing is locked in yet. County commissioners haven't approved a 2013 bond, and CMS board members are trying to rally pressure for them to override county staff and stick with the CMS priorities.