• 2 bond referendums on Nov. ballot could help in classrooms

    By: Nate Stewart


    MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. - Mecklenburg County commissioners added two bond referendums to the November ballot. Both could help make much-needed classroom renovations.

    The two referendums are:
    - $290 million of taxpayer money going to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
    - $210 million for Central Piedmont Community College

    At CPCC, the money would go towards renovating old building and building new ones to deal with growth.

    "We need to add some programs. Some more job training programs, to help put people back to work," said Jeff Lowrance, spokesman for CPCC.

    CPCC wants tax money to help with expansions at six campuses. They'd pay for things like science labs and classroom space and new 200,000-square-foot facility to help educate adult students.

    CMS School Board Chairman Mary McCray thanked county commissioner for authorizing the referendum.

    She said the bond will ease overcrowding by building new school, make magnet schools more accessible, and renovate aging buildings at numerous schools.

    "It's up to us to make sure the voters understand that these capital projects are going to touch ever sector of our county," McCray said.

    Commissioners have said right now, it doesn't look like there will be a tax increase for homeowners to pay for the bonds.

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