What school year would any necessary redistricting occur?
Based on the current project timeline, the expected implementation of any boundary realignments would occur in the fall of 2024 for the 24-25 school year.
What is the difference between past realignments and this realignment?
In the past, realignment studies have typically been driven by the opening of a new facility. For this realignment study, we are addressing district-wide capacity regarding the amount of available seats at each school.
How will the realignment study timeline affect Program Choice deadlines?
Is new school construction planned as part of this realignment project?
New school construction is contingent upon funding from the Cabarrus County Commissioners. At this time, the only funded new construction elementary school project underway for Cabarrus County Schools is the replacement R. Brown McAllister STEM Elementary School which will open in the fall of 2024. Cooperative Strategies, in their Facilities Master Plan, has recommended the construction of several new schools to alleviate capacity shortages due to growing student enrollment projections. Those recommendations can be found on slide 28 of this presentation to the Board of Education from September 18th: Presentation to the Board of Education 09 18 2023.
Have we explored the possibility of fees on builders to build a new school or expand infrastructure?
In the State of North Carolina, by statute, county governments are fiscally responsible for providing certain services to the community. One of these responsibilities is building and maintaining public school facilities. In 1998, Cabarrus County did impose an impact fee to developers in order to support the construction of new schools needed due to exponential growth occurring within Cabarrus County at the time. However, this fee was challenged by multiple plaintiffs and a court case ruled the County had no authority to impose this fee. You may find reference to the history of some of these proceedings at the following link: https://www.nccourts.gov/documents/appellate-court-opinions/lanvale-properties-v-cnty-of-cabarrus