KCS gets funding approval to expand CTE programs and upgrade facilities

KCS gets funding approval to expand CTE programs and upgrade facilities
Posted on 03/12/2019
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Kannapolis City Schools has received final approval for funding that will allow it to make major renovations to the district’s Career Technical Education Center and A.L. Brown High School's Memorial Stadium. The upgrades will improve the safety of the field and surrounding track area as well as allow more Career Technical Education courses to be taught at A.L. Brown High School. The renovations will be finished in time for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Because of the field renovations that will take place, the A.L. Brown High School graduation ceremony in June of 2019 will be moved from Memorial stadium to a new location. **UPDATE AS OF 3/18/19: The company doing the field renovations will begin work on June 17, 2019, which will allow graduation to take place in Memorial Stadium. The plan is to have the track/field renovations completed by the start of the fall sports season. However, with the delayed start of construction, it is possible that the track and field areas might not be usable for the start of the fall sports season. 


The first part of the approved construction project includes upgrading Kannapolis City Schools’ Career Technical Education building. The renovations will make major improvements to the district’s Wonder Career Center, which houses the district’s Welding, Graphic Design, and Information Technology programs. The upgrades will allow A.L. Brown High School to add programs in HVAC, Mechatronics, and Public Safety. Once those programs begin in August of 2019, A.L. Brown students will be able to earn credentials in those fields by the time they graduate from high school.


The upgrades to A.L. Brown High School's Memorial Stadium include replacing the natural grass field with artificial grass. The field construction project also will include resurfacing the track that surrounds the field. The renovations will improve safety for student athletes and allow more flexibility in the types of events that can be held inside the stadium. In order to complete the track and field renovations in time for the start of the 2019-2020 school year, construction will have to begin in May of 2019. Because of that construction, A.L. Brown's graduation ceremony, which is normally held in Memorial Stadium, will be moved to a new location for the Class of 2019. 

School and district leaders have explored other venue options for the graduation ceremony, including Village Park in Kannapolis, Intimidators Stadium, and the Cabarrus Arena. The Cabarrus Arena and Intimidators Stadium already have events scheduled that conflict with A.L. Brown’s graduation, but Village Park is available as an alternate location.
A.L. Brown High School will present the available options to A.L. Brown seniors and staff and survey them to get their input on the exact time and location of the 2019 graduation ceremony before making a final decision on where the ceremony will be held.  

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