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Beacon of education

July 30, 2012

For the first time in 35 years, Newton-Conover City Schools students will fill a brand new school when classes start next week.

And for the second time in the school system's history it is opening a new middle school.

"We want this to stand proudly the next 100 years as a beacon of hope and direction for every boy and girl that is given the wonderful opportunity to attend," Newton-Conover City Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Redmond said during a dedication ceremony for Newton-Conover Middle School. "For a principal and a superintendent, the opportunity to build and open a new school is a career highlight. For a community, it is a significant source of pride as parents and students consider what it means to have a good school to attend especially one as beautiful and substantial as this one."

The new $20.8 million middle school offers a 128,000-square-foot learning place that is filled with three stories of classrooms, science labs, music and choir rooms, art studios, auditoriums and more. Located off County Home Road just 2.5 miles from the current middle school, the new facility sits on a 30-acre site that includes baseball and softball fields, a football/soccer field and tennis courts.

"It is almost breath-taking because of the magnitude of this building," said NCMS Principal Patrick Nelson. "In my mind, I can't wait for our students to come back and experience the new building and the new school year. It is very exciting."


Lets see $20.8 MILLION bucks...

July 31, 2012 by Backbone (not verified), 2 years 42 weeks ago
Comment: 1186

...for a school house built at the VERY NORTHERN< EXTREME EDGE of the NCCS district!??

A better alternative would have been to expand the ONLY #% YEAR OLD EXISTING MIDDLE SCHOOL BUILDING IN PLACE ON many, many acres of exisitng property on 20th street in the FREAKIN MIDDLE OF THE DISTRICT, for a WHOLE BUNCH LESS MONEY!

Could it be that good ole Doc Redmond is building this 'cause he anticipates a merger of the school systems and the new $@) MILLION dollar structure is absorbed by a CONSOLODATED SYSTEM with Good Ole DOC Barry annoited to be the head for a bunch more money? Bet it is..but I am just sayin!

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