Mooresville Graded School District administration will hold several informational meetings beginning Jan. 21 to educate the community on how the upcoming school bond referendum could affect local students and their families if approved by voters on March 3.

The first informational meeting will be held at the Mooresville High School Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21, MGSD Spokeswoman Tanae McLean told the MGSD Board of Education during its monthly meeting Tuesday.

“I give a plea and strongly encourage everyone to attend at least one of the informational meetings and spread the word to your friends and neighbors, as well,” said MGSD Superintendent Stephen Mauney at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting. “I believe that it is vital that we have strong voter turnout in the March election to have a chance at passing this bond.”

The other informational meetings on the bond referendums will be held on the following dates at 6:30 p.m.:

Jan. 28 at Park View Elementary School

Jan. 30 at Mooresville Intermediate School

Feb. 6 at both South Elementary and Mooresville Middle schools

Feb. 20 at East Mooresville Intermediate School

Feb. 25 at Rocky River Elementary School

If voters approve the 2020 Iredell County School Bonds, it would fund the construction of an $80 million high school in southern Iredell County in the Iredell-Statesville School District, a $35 million middle school on Rinehardt Road in the MGSD and a $10 million Public Safety Training Center and driving pad at Mitchell Community College. The funding will also allow renovation and expansion projects at Park View Elementary and South Elementary schools in Mooresville.

The bonds will be posed as two separate questions on the ballot with the K-12 construction as one question and the community college training center as a second question.

The new middle school construction and renovation projects will alleviate the overcrowding at several of the MGSD’s schools, school officials have said. If the bond package is approved, the district will reconfigure MGSD’s three elementary schools to house grades K-2 instead of the current grades K-3; the two intermediate schools to house grades 3-5 instead of the current grades 4-6; and the two middle schools to house grades 6-8 instead of the one middle school housing grades 7-8. Mooresville High School will remain the same and house grades 9-12.

In other business, the Board of Education recognized several students, teachers and employee.. Park View Elementary teacher Leanne Rose, the MGSD 2019 Beginning Teacher of the Year, was recognized for winning the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching “Beginning Teacher of the Year” award in December.

Sylvia Martinez, the executive administrative assistant to the superintendent and Board of Education administrative assistant, was awarded the “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty” award for her continuing professional excellence.

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Scarlett Moore, a second-grade student at South Elementary School, was recognized at Tuesday’s MGSD Board of Education meeting as the district’s “Artist of the Month.” Scarlett sang and performed on the ukulele “Let it Be” by the Beatles. 

Scarlett Moore, a second-grade student at South Elementary School, was named the district’s “Artist of the Month” and performed an excerpt from the song “Let it Be” by the Beatles.

Timothy McLendon, an 11th-grade student at Mooresville High School, was recognized as the North Carolina Forestry Association Products essay winner.

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