HUNTERSVILLE – Development of the newest Lake Norman Charter School education facility is progressing. The concrete footprint and block frame is in place for a 71,000-square-foot, multi-story classroom building that will be the first permanent structure on the LNC Elementary School campus at 10019 Hambright Road.
Lake Norman Charter opened in 1998 as a fifth through seventh grade facility and, in 2007, expanded to include high school grades. The middle school and high school facilities are side-by-side along N.C. 115 on the south side of Huntersville. The school, which serves students from throughout the Lake Norman region, purchased 39 acres on Hambright Road a few miles west of its other facilities in 2016 to house a new elementary campus. It began operations in August 2017 using a collection of mobile units for K-2 classes and offices. At the start of the 2018-19 school year, the school added two more grades to become a K-4 facility and expand to a full K-12 charter serving 2,100 students.
The new building is scheduled to be completed in time to house K-4 programs at the start of the 2019-20 school year. The building will include 25 classrooms and a gymnasium. The town contributed $500,000 toward the construction of the gym in a continuation of a shared-use recreational facilities partnership with the school. When the facility opens, it will replace mobile units on the LNC Elementary campus. But the school does plan to keep one mobile unit to use as administrative office office space, which will also allow for planned instructional space additions at other school buildings.
The application period for the annual LNC attendance lottery has begun. Information and applications are available at www.lncharter.org. The application period ends Jan. 31, 2019.