I-SS moving ahead with plans to replace Statesville, Brawley middle schools
BY KARISSA MILLER
Iredell-Statesville school board members are expected to decide Monday on an architect to design the two new middle schools slated to open during the 2020-2021 school year.
After reviewing 14 applications and narrowing the choices down, I-SS Director of Construction Rob Jackson shared his recommendation with the board during the Aug. 7 Committee of the Whole meeting.
“One firm that really stands out – Moseley Architects,” Jackson said.
During that time, the firm has completed 10 projects for I-SS, all of which have been completed on time and within or under budget, Moseley said.
Those include Woodland Heights, N.B. Mills, Scotts Elementary, Harmony Elementary, Troutman Elementary, Troutman Middle, Cloverleaf, Union Grove, Cool Spring, Troutman Middle and Coddle Creek Elementary.
Replacement schools for Brawley Middle and Statesville Middle will be built at a cost of $23 million each. The projects were approved during the 2014 bond referendum.
County commissioners last week released $1.8 million to the school district for the planning and design of the new schools.
- The design will begin in September 2017.
- Bids will be received August 2018.
- The school board will vote for approval September 2018.
- Construction is set to begin November 2018.
- Buildings will be complete in the spring of 2020.
- The schools will open for the 2020-2021 school year.
Plans for Statesville, Brawley campuses:
- Brawley Middle School will move to the new Woodland Heights campus. Once the move takes place for the 2020-2021 school year, Mt. Mourne IB students will move to the former Brawley Middle School site. The Mt. Mourne building will then be vacant.
- Statesville Middle School will move to the Third Creek campus. Once the move takes place for the 2020-2021 school year, Northview IB students will move to the former Statesville Middle School site. The Northview building will then be vacant.
st century learning environment for two of our middle schools and allow the two IB schools to move to a larger facility to better accommodate their needs,” Jackson said in an interview.
When asked about if the two IB schools would be sold, Jackson said, “that’s a board decision for later on.”
Also, during the Aug. 7 meeting, the board:
• Unanimously approved the contract of Hans Lassiter as the new principal of Statesville High School. Superintendent Brady Johnson explained that this will allow Lassiter to participate in Leadership Week with other principals and assistant principals.
• Heard a report on the Title I budget plan for the 2017-2018 school year. According to Executive Director of Elementary Education Jonathan Ribbeck, the district will be allocated approximately $4.6 million in Title I funds for the 2017-2018 school year. Title I is a federal program that supplements the needs of disadvantaged children. The district plans to spend the money on 39 teacher positions and 32 teacher assistants among 12 schools. The board will vote on the plan during the Aug. 14 meeting.
• Discussed reopening the Prime Time, the after-school child care program, at Union Grove Elementary School. This item was added as a revision to the previous board agenda. School board member Max James said it was closed down in 2013 because it had around 13 students and needed 18 students to be self-sufficient at the time. It’s one of the smaller schools, James said, and there are no other afterschool care program options in the community, he added. James’ wife is the principal of the school, which he reminded the board, and while he appeared to voice support for reopening it, he said that he’s trying to remain unbiased and look at both sides of the matter.
The next regular school board meeting is at 6 p.m. on Aug. 14 at the Iredell County Government Center, 200 South Center Street, Statesville.