The Iredell County school system is in the early stages of a campaign they hope will bring $115 million more in funding that officials insist is needed to keep pace with growth in the southern end of the county.
The funds would come in the form of a school bond referendum that has the support of Iredell County commissioners and members of county school systems. Advocates of the plan recently held a meeting at the Career Academy and Technical School in Troutman to educate voters on the key issues.
“These projects primarily address a growth and school-crowding issue from Troutman to the southern county line,” a member of community organization Our Schools First told Patch. “For those who live north of Troutman, this bond has long-term benefits for every school in the county, not just the southern end where the housing growth is located."
Among expansion projects now being considered by the district are an $80 million new high school for Iredell-Statesville schools in the southern corridor, a $35 million new middle school for Mooresville Grade School District and a $10 million first-responder training center at Mitchell Community College.
The southern end of Iredell County has experienced significant growth in recent years. There are currently 10,000 new houses being developed south of Troutman and across the southern end of the county.