In 2016, North Carolina voters overwhelmingly approved the Connect NC bond referendum, which allowed the state to borrow $2 billion for campus construction and infrastructure in the state. The purpose of the bond is to "connect North Carolina to the 21st century through statewide investments in education, parks, safety, recreation, and water and sewer infrastructure."
The bond package included $58 million in funding to build a western campus of the North Carolina School of Science and Math (NCSSM) here in Morganton. The legislation required that the new campus be built on an 800-acre state-owned tract in Morganton that currently houses the North Carolina School for the Deaf, Broughton Hospital, Western Piedmont Community College, and other state programs. The NCSSM Board of Trustees must decide where they want to locate the new campus on the site. That decision, in addition to the final educational program vision, is expected to be announced in September 2017.
At the start of 2017, NCSSM Chancellor Todd Roberts charged a core planning team of 22 stakeholders to start planning efforts for the new western campus The group includes representatives of the NCSSM community, ranging from alumni to faculty to trustees, the city of Morganton, K-16 institutions in Burke County, and the UNC System. The efforts of the core planning team will shape the educational program vision and design through concentrated listening sessions, research, and targeted engagement of constituents and peer institutions.
City Manager Sally Sandy is a member of the core planning team, and she is pleased with how planning has gone so far.
"The planning meeting brought a true sense of reality to the tremendous positive impact this school will have on Morganton, Burke County, and indeed all of Western North Carolina,” Sandy said in February. “To say that our community is excited is actually an understatement; we are thrilled.”
NCSSM Presentation for Area Governments
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics representatives gave a Presentation for Area Governments Monday, March 6, 2017, at Morganton City Hall, on the current status of the NCSSM Western Campus coming to Morganton. #NCSSMWesternCampus