Permanent site chosen in Cabarrus north of N.C. 73

by Frank DeLoache

MOORESVILLE – After originally considering quarters on Statesville Road in Huntersville, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte has moved the temporary home for its new high school to Mooresville.

Christ the King Catholic High School will open for the first time Aug. 24 in a renovated building on the grounds of Curlin Commons, a 40-unit apartment complex for seniors on Overhead Bridge Road, between N.C. 150 and Mazeppa Road. The building was part of the property when the Charlotte diocese bought the land, and David Hains, director of communications for the diocese, said renovations to the building are under way.

Principal Dan Dolan expects to have about 40 students the first year, divided between freshmen and sophomores. The diocesan leaders originally set a goal of opening the school with 100 students, but Dolan said the bishop decided not to wait another year.

Dolan praised students who have enrolled and their parents. “To start a school, it takes courage and leadership on the part of the parents and students. It’s not for everybody,” Dolan said. “But our students and parents have rolled up their sleeves and gotten involved.”

Added Hains: “We truly believe this is one of those cases where if you build it, they will come.”

The diocese is in the process of buying 96.9 acres of land just across the Mecklenburg line in Cabarrus County, where it plans to build the permanent high school. The site sits on the north side of N.C. 73 east of Shiloh Church Road and behind a shopping center where Shiloh Church and Poplar Tent roads meet. Diocesan officials expect to open the permanent high school in 1 1/2 to two years, Hains said.

The site falls in the extra-territorial zoning jurisdiction of the City of Kannapolis, and at the request of diocesan officials, Kannapolis annexed the site in May and rezoned the land to permit a high school in June, Kannapolis Planning Director Ben Warren said. The city will provide water and sewer service to the new school.

The diocese plans to add another class each year, Hains said. Students will likely begin the 2012-13 second year at Christ the King’s temporary classroom building and then transfer to the new permanent high school building mid-year.

Christ the King will be the first Catholic school in the area to provide laptop computers to all students, Hains said, although its tuition remains the same as the other two Catholic high schools in the area: $7,874 per year for families regularly contributing to their parishes and $11,398 for non-participating families.

The students will turn the computers back at the end of the school year.

Dolan has hired the eight faculty he will need, and he’s hired some coaches and is scheduling games with competing schools. Christ the King will offer girls tennis and volleyball this fall and possibly soccer for boys and coed cross-country. The school will field boys and girls basketball teams in the winter and offer boys lacrosse and soccer or softball for girls, depending on the students’ interests.

The school is still registering students for the fall. Find information at its website, www.christthekinghs.org.