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200 Gilead Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
Courier #: 420
P: 980-343-3835  |  F: 980-343-3849 
Principal: Jeff Ruppenthal
LC: North Learning Community
Bell Schedule: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Grades: K-5
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A Word From Mr. Ruppenthal

As you know, a $922 million bond package for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will be placed on the 2017 ballot for all of Mecklenburg County. Below are some points as to how past, present and future bond packages have impacted or will impact District 1. For more information regarding the bonds please refer to the following link:
  • CMS has a $2 billion needs assessment across Mecklenburg County Schools
  • 78% of schools in CMS are at or over capacity, 78 schools were built more than 50 years ago.
  • A rubric with 9 categories was used to establish the priority of need all across facilities throughout CMS.  This rubric was first used for the successful 2007 bond and 2013 bond which included the 6-8 expansion at Davidson Elementary, a replacement school for JMA, and CTE upgrades/modifications at North Mecklenburg HS.
  • 7 schools being replaced in the proposed bond that range from 48-63 years old.
  • District 1 leads all other districts with funds received from bonds / COPs between 2000 and 2013 with more than 375 million (22% of all bond dollars...second place was district 2 with 17%).  In the 2017 bond proposal is a K-8 world language magnet that is being proposed for the old JMA site.  Bringing another option to our students in the North Learning Community.  There is also a project on the proposed bond to expand Mt. Island K-8.
  • Beyond the projects in the bond request the 2016 C.N.A shows District 1 having 7 key projects near the top of the remaining list (Including Huntersville Elementary).  These projects include renovations to existing building and several new builds to accommodate the growth in District 1.  CMS will have to work through the 2017 bond projects to get to the next group of projects identified in the C.N. A.
  • Although the bond package is big ($922 million), it was stated be the county that it will not require a tax increase in Mecklenburg County. 
  • District 1 has been fortunate over the past several bonds.
  • We also need to keep in mind that we have numerous students in our district that utilize facilities in other districts including but not limited to the Northwest School of the Arts and EE Waddell Language Academy. These schools are also included in the bond.

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