New high school open for learning

BELMONT, NC (WBTV) - Stuart W. Cramer High School is open for learning.

Teachers welcomed freshman and sophomore students Monday morning.

Stuart W. Cramer High School is the only new high school opening in the state of North Carolina this year.

Superintendent L. Reeves McGlohon said the school is a state of the art facility designed for 21st century students.

"Well we live in a world where technology is extremely important. And they have available in this media center, not only the printed books, but the ability to get out into the Internet and do research and access information that was not available to them before," McGlohon said.

The school has a 1,200 student capacity with the ability to expand to 1,500.

The building also features a state of the art welding lab, a 1,500 seat gymnasium and a 1,500 seat auditorium.

In 2007 voters approved a $175 million bond referendum for new school construction. A new high school to relieve overcrowding at East Gaston High School and South Point High School was a top priority of this plan.

School leaders say the new high school cost approximately $63 million.