Big, costly high schools may be history for N.C. district

Monday, September 9, 2013

The era of building big high schools in Mecklenburg County may be ending as construction money tightens and big tracts of affordable land disappear, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials said.

CMS and Central Piedmont Community College are gearing up for their first bond vote in six years. The landscape has changed since voters last approved bonds in 2007.

Before the recession, CMS and the county officials who control the money took an aggressive approach to building new schools and fixing up older ones. Voters said yes to $516 million in 2007, and CMS officials expected to put another $500 million or so on the ballot in 2009.

“That’s not the way the world works anymore,” CMS planner Dennis LaCaria said Friday.

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