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Board Of Education Accepts Bid For Construction Of New Iredell County High School

Plans are in place to add a new high school in Iredell County, however, according to reports, Iredell County Commissioners have concerns. On Monday (June 10) the Iredell-Statesville Board of Education voted to accept a $143.3 million bid for construction of Weathers Creek High School in Troutman. The board voted 6-1 for what they termed a “phased approach” for the construction of the school.

An $80 million bond was passed by voters in 2020, and the Iredell County Board of Commissioners supplied $40 million in county funds for the project in 2023. The process for the rest of the funding has yet to be determined.

According to a published report, commissioners have had concerns with the district’s handling of the Weathers Creek project since March of 2020, when voters approved an $80 million bond referendum to pay for the new high school. When commissioners agreed to borrow an additional $40 million for the project, the board reportedly conceded that the school could not be built for the $80 million that voters had approved.

Commissioner Scottie Brown said in the published report, “It doesn’t look like the school district is willing to cut back on anything, so I’m not willing to give anything more at this time.” Commissioner Brad Stroud said he is eager to see the actual bids and talk with the architect to see if there is any “fat” that can be trimmed to bring the cost down.

The new campus would serve around 1,600 students. According to the school system website, the new school will relieve overcrowding at South Iredell and Lake Norman High Schools. The target date for construction to be completed is by August of 2025.

[Information for this story provided by Rick Gilbert, WACB and iredellfreenews.com]