Cabarrus County Schools welcomes more than 32,000 students, new facility

CABARRUS COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Cabarrus County Schools is welcoming back more than 32,000 students for the 2017-2018 school year.

Many students head back Monday. Wolf Meadows Elementary and two early colleges went back on Aug. 8, Director of Communications for Cabarrus County Schools Ronnye Boone says.

It's the first day of classes for Mt. Pleasant Middle, which features a brand new state-of the art facility just off of Walker Road.

"I'm riding the bus, I'm riding the high school route and ultimately we just kind of go and visit and try to hit as many schools as we can to see as many school opportunities, Dr. Chris Lowder, superintendent of Cabarrus County Schools said. "We obviously, we have a new middle school, Mount Pleasant Middle School is opening this year so we try to get there too and make sure everything is going okay."

Teachers and staff have been working over the summer to get everything in place for the new school year.

Mt. Pleasant Middle held an open house last Wednesday.

"Our students will have more educational opportunities in the areas of STEM, international baccalaureate and language immersion as we have expanded those programs to additional schools throughout the district," Boone says. "We also will continue to offer high school students learning opportunities in our career academies, which are certified by the National Academy Foundation."

The district currently has 40 schools and employs more than 2,200 teachers.

Other area districts, including Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Gaston County, Union County, Anson County, Burke County, Caldwell County, Alexander County, Cleveland County, Lincoln County, Catawba County, Iredell-Statesville, Rowan-Salisbury, Stanly County, Richmond County, Hickory, Newton-Conover, Kannapolis, and Mooresville, also head back Monday.

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