Lincoln Charter School is one step closer to an expansion of their Lincolnton campus. The bid process that is part of the USDA Rural Development requirements has closed.
“Our board has submitted their recommendation for the contractor which is currently under review by the USDA,” Lincoln Charter Schools chief administrator Jonathan Bryant said. “In order to approve moving forward, they look at the contractor and the bid to make sure that it falls within their parameters. Once the contractor is awarded, then we’ll know about time line, when they’ll be able to start and date of competition. We’re in a holding pattern right now. We got some good interest from some great general contractors.”
This has been an ongoing process that the School Board and the Foundation Board have been exploring for over a year. The school has obtained a little over six acres adjacent to the school as well as the acquisition of 18 acres of property approximately a half mile from the school on Blossom Hill Road.
The Lincolnton campus is growing by 50 students per year which will result in a K-8 school that will be at capacity next year, will be at capacity K-9 the following year and so on for the next five years, according to Bryant. The long-range strategic plan for the school board is for that growth to occur. Part of that expansion is to accommodate that growth and to make sure the campus will be able to properly serve all of the students who will be enrolled after that five year stretch and into the future.
The loan has been obtained through the USDA Community Facilities Programs. Other details such as permitting and exploring traffic impact are still in their infancy stages.
Phase 1 of the plan is the current structure that houses all middle and high school students. Phase 2 is an additional classroom wing that will adjoin the existing building, stretching out toward the existing high school student parking lot. Phase 3 will be a new elementary school building.
“The process is slow but at the same time, we’re doing it in a quality way,” Bryant said. “We wouldn’t want to do something too quick that would result in us not having the best end result.”