Land purchased for permanent site of Christ the King High School
CHARLOTTE — The Diocese of Charlotte and Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools have finalized the purchase of approximately 107 acres for the permanent location of Christ the King High School, diocesan officials announced Oct. 21.
The site is located at Shiloh Church Road and Hwy. 73, just outside Huntersville in Cabarrus County. The site is on the north side of Hwy. 73 east of Shiloh Church Road, behind the Renaissance Square Shopping Center.
The transaction involved the purchase of multiple parcels of contiguous land from three separate property owners, and it was closed on Oct. 21. The cost of the land deal was not announced.
At the request of diocesan officials earlier this year, the land was annexed by the city of Kannapolis and rezoned to allow for a high school. The city will provide water and sewer service to the new school, according to the Huntersville Herald.
The land purchase is the latest step forward by the diocese to open a high school in the fast-growing suburbs north of Charlotte, as the demand for Catholic education increases. Christ the King is the second high school for MACS and the third overall in the diocesan schools system.
The high school opened Aug. 24 in a temporary location in Mooresville, at 753 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy. , adjacent to Curlin Commons. It is offering a freshman class in its initial year, with more than two dozen students initially enrolled. In future years, sophomore, junior and senior classes will be filled out.
Diocesan officials said hope to begin construction soon at the permanent location and expect to be in the new building by August 2012 to start classes. The 2012-'13 year will have freshman and sophomore classes.
"This is an exciting time for the mission of Catholic schools," said Father Roger K. Arnsparger, vicar of education of the Diocese of Charlotte.
"Excitement on campus is palpable," added Principal Dan Dolan. "When the students learned of the news, there was a huge cheer. We are all thrilled at the prospect of a permanent home for Christ the King's growing family. Go Crusaders!"
To learn more about Christ the King High School, go online to Christ the King High School.
— SueAnn Howell and Patricia Guilfolye, Catholic News Herald
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