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The schools report: Building for the future

To be replaced

Knox Middle School is among the campuses needing major work or replacement in Rowan-Salisbury Schools. The facility was built in 1958.

A consolidation proposal that would close 11 schools in the Rowan-Salisbury Schools district has prompted a lot of questions from the public.

The school board hopes to answer some of the questions at community input meetings that start Tuesday at Salisbury High School.

In the meantime, the Post has rounded up some of the data the school board is using as it weighs these decisions.

Here’s the information presented to the school board from the district’s capital needs committee, supplemented with October enrollment figures and facility information from a January 2017 capital needs report.

Highlights from the capital needs committee
• Develop a multiyear plan
• Close or consolidate six elementary, three middle, and two high schools
• Leverage existing facilities
• Construct new facilities
• Redistrict

Here are the recommendations:

Tier 1

A. Knox Middle School

• Build a new K-8 facility — $50 million

• Close and demolish at a cost of $500,000 each:

— Knox, built in 1958, with 601 students in space for 650. Capital needs, $40 million
— Overton, built in 1963, with two renovations and additions; 341 students in space for 450, with mobile units. Capital needs, $2.2 million
• Purchase additional property for K-8 classes near Salisbury High — $5 million

• Sell the existing Knox and Overton property

• Total cost: $56 million

B. Henderson Independent High
• Close and demolish Henderson school, built in 1920 — $500,000
• Relocate the Alternative Learning Center to school property on Heilig Road
• Mobile classrooms site development, $3.5 million
• Total cost: $4 million

C. North Rowan High School

• Close and demolish North Rowan High School, built in 1958, with 544 students in space for 1,100 —  $700,000

• Reassign students

• Enrollment history:

2017-18: 611

2016-17: 624
2015-16: 632
2014-15: 697
• Total cost: $700,000

D. Vocational high school

• Create a vocational high school at Koontz Elementary, built in 2007 with 441 students in space for 615 — $10 million
• Reassign Koontz students

• Total cost: $10 million

E. East elementary schools

• Close and demolish:

— Faith, built in 1929, with four renovations. Has 350 students in space for 440, with mobile units. Capital needs, $3.4 million — $500,000
— Rockwell, built in 1928, with six renovations and additions; was converted from a high school to an elementary school in 1959. Has 504 students in space for 690. Capital needs, $3.4 million  —  $500,000
— Granite Quarry, built in 1925, with four renovations and additions. Has 512 students in space for 600. Capital needs, $4 million   — $500,000
• Construct a new East Rowan Elementary School — $38 million
• Add classrooms at Shive, built in 2007, with 416 students in space for 595. Capital needs, $559,457  — $7 million

• Total cost: $46.5 million

Grand total for Tier 1: $117.2 million

Tier 2

A. South elementary schools

• Close and demolish, at a cost of $500,000 each:

— Enochville, built in 1936, with five renovations and additions and several mobile classrooms. 318 students in space for 400. Capital needs, $2.6 million.

— China Grove Elementary, built in 1924, with five renovations and additions. Has 576 students in space for 780. Capital needs, $4 million.

— Landis, built in 1952, with 472 students in space for 660. Capital needs, $3.5 million
• Construct a new South Rowan Elementary School — $38 million

Five-years inflation adds $6 million

• Construct additional classrooms at Millbridge, built in 2005, with 581 students in space for 640. Capital needs, of $840,975 — $7 million
Five-years inflation adds $1 million
• Construct additional classrooms at Knollwood, with 565 in space for 660. Capital needs, $3.2 million —  $7 million
Five-years inflation adds $1 million
• Total cost: $61,5 million

B. South middle schools

• Close and demolish:

—  Corriher-Lipe, built in 1923, with one renovation or addition. Has 539 students in space for 630. Capital needs, $4.5 million

— China Grove Middle, built in 1930, with 511 students in space for 625. Capital needs, $4 million

• Construct a new South Middle School $55 million
Five-years inflation adds $8 million

• Total cost: $63 million

Grand total for Tier 2: $124.5 million

Tier 3

A. Renovate or replace

• Bostian Elementary, built in 1936, with five renovations and additions. Has 326 students in space for 315, with mobile units. Capital needs, $1.9 million.

• Hurley Elementary, built in 1936, with six renovations and additions. Has 453 students in space for 670. Current capital needs, $3.8 million.

• Knollwood Elementary, built in 1976 with one renovation or addition. Has 565 students in space for 660, with mobile classrooms in 2016-17. Current capital needs, $3.2 million.

• Morgan Elementary, constructed in 1925, with five renovations and additions. Has 331 students in space for 375, with mobile units. Current capital needs, $3.1 million

• Mount Ulla, built in 1927 with six renovations and additions. Has 289 students in space for 400. Capital needs, $2.6 million

• Salisbury High School, built in 1925, with two renovations and additions. Has 896 students in space for 1,160. Capital needs, $13 million.

Other RSS schools and their capital needs

Here’s information on schools not mentioned in the consolidation report:

Hanford Dole Elementary, built in 1998, with 487 students in space for 665. Capital needs, $3.4 million.

Isenberg Elementary, built in 1976, with 408 students, 520 capacity. Capital needs, $3.4 million.

North Rowan Elementary, built in 1974, with 434 students in space for 625. Capital needs, $4.4 million.

West Elementary, built in 2018.

Erwin Middle, built in 1967, with 829 students in space for 985. Capital needs, $5.4 million.

North Rowan Middle, built in 1995, with 451 students in space for 810. Capital needs, $3.8 million.

Southeast Middle, build in 2000, with 751 students in space for 870. Capital needs, $639,000.

West Rowan Middle, build in 1992, with 653 students in space for 790. Capital needs, $1.6 million.

Carson High, built in 2006, with 1,261 students in space for 1,200. Capital needs, $1.3 million.

East Rowan High, built in 1959, with 973 students in space for 1,340, Capital needs, $11.1 million.

South Rowan High, built in 1961, with 977 students in space for 1,375. Capital needs, $12.4 million.

West Rowan High, built in 1959, with 1,046 students in space for 1,160. Capital needs, $12.3 million.

Community input sessions

Rowan-Salisbury Schools will hold community input sessions on its capital needs plan for school closures and consolidations.

All sessions will start at 5:30 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m.

Here’s the schedule:

• Tuesday: Salisbury High

• Wednesday: East Rowan High

• Dec. 11: Carson High

• Dec.12: South Rowan High

• Dec. 18: West Rowan High

• Dec. 19: North Rowan High

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