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Kannapolis school board to discuss middle school funding

The Kannapolis City Board of Education will continue to discuss a proposal from Cabarrus County Commissioners that would provide funding for a new middle school without a bond referendum on the ballot in November.
There are currently two education-related bond referendums slated for voter approval in November, one of which would provide $23 million to build a new Kannapolis Middle School and $11 million to replace a Cabarrus County elementary school. The other would provide $9 million to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College for an Advanced Technology Center.
According to Community Relations Director Ellen Boyd, county commissioners passed a “motion to offer cash to build” the district’s new middle school “in exchange for withdrawing a motion supporting a bond” last month.
When the board discussed the proposal at their meeting last month, members felt they needed clarification on the offer before making a decision. So, they asked their attorney, Brian Shaw, to find out more information to present to them at Monday’s meeting.
The Board of Education must make a decision by May 31.
The middle school would be built on property already owned by the district directly beside its current middle school.
The middle school would move to the new, larger building and an additional intermediate school would be established in the old middle school building.
The board will also recognize Kannapolis City teachers of the month and 2013-14 retirees, as well as approve amendments and transfers and the district’s monthly report.
The board will meet Monday at 5 p.m. at the district’s administrative office, 100 Denver St., Kannapolis.

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