Posted on 21 October 2013.
By YEEVA CHENG
A bond referendum scheduled for November will determine if Mecklenburg County schools will be receiving $290 million for new projects, including two in our area: Davidson Elementary and J.M. Alexander Middle School. Meanwhile, 12 local students were named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
CMS drawing shows an addition for grades 6-8 at the south end of the school, where mobile classrooms currently sit.
LOCAL SCHOOL PROJECTS TO BE ON FALL REFERENDUM
On Nov. 5, Mecklenburg County will be holding a bond referendum in which voters will decided whether to approve $290 million worth bonds for new projects. Two will be in north Mecklenburg. One would spend $7.5 million to upgrade Davidson Elementary School and expand it into a K-8 school. The second project will be a $30 million investment to build a new J.M. Alexander Middle School in Huntersville.
To keep the community informed and updated with information about the 2013 bonds, CMS created a bond information section on the district website. It includes a closer look at bond requests, a list of frequently asked questions, bond highlights, a voter information fact sheet, contact information and more. Learn more about the 2013 CMS request.
Meanwhile, mayors from Davidson, Huntersville and Cornelius are co-hosting a school bond information meeting this week with representatives from Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. The session is Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 6:30pm at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave. See our Events Calendar for directions.
See more about the schools’ long-range plan in our March 2013 report, “CMS long-range plan would make Davidson Elementary K-8″
NATIONAL MERIT SEMINFINALISTS
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently released the names of its 2014 semifinalists. Of the 16,000 Semifinalists selected from across the nation, 12 are local students.
The semifinalists were selected after 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). According to the National Merit Scholarship Corp., about 90 percent of the Semifinalists will attain finalist status, and more than 50 percent of the finalists will win the National Merit Scholarship. Check out the list of local semifinalists:
- Anna K. Estep (Cannon School)
- Jacob Bringewatt (Davidson native, North Carolina School of Science and Math)
- Aurora K. Taylor (Davidson Community School)
- Peter A. Yukich (Davidson native, homeschooled)
- Joseph J. Andry (Woodlawn School)
- Michael L. Clark (Lake Norman Charter)
- Morgan J. Sammler (Lake Norman Charter)
- Sravya Uppalapati (Lake Norman Charter)
- Hannah P. Benslay (North Mecklenburg High School)
- Jack A. Bradford (North Mecklenburg High School)
- Christopher J. Pirrung (North Mecklenburg High School)
- Joshua W. Shoulders (Mooresville native, homeschooled)