Five years ago, a tour that spurred action

From the Aug. 30, 2017 edition of The Mecklenburg Sun Broken urinals, toilet stalls with no doors, showers without showerheads, asbestos ceiling and floor tiles, the stench of mold and mildew — these are the conditions that Mecklenburg County students in high school and middle school deal with every day. At Park View Middle School, students inhale the foul odor […]

Security issues guide design from the start


Well before the architects for Mecklenburg County’s new high school-middle school complex put pen to paper, they were told that safety concerns should guide their work. In 2017, the year before Ballou Justice Upton Architects was hired to design the county’s new consolidated secondary school, there were 12 school shootings in the United States. Another 24 took place in 2018, […]

Career Tech Academy offers in-demand job skills

Mecklenburg County High School students have an opportunity to gain in-demand job skills through hands-on training at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s Career Tech Academy (CTA). High school juniors and seniors attend classes at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) in the mornings where they pursue Level 1 training in Automation & Robotics, Energy Systems Technology, or Information […]

Mecklenburg boosts GO TEC with new campus

As the new Mecklenburg County Middle School and High School realize their vision for providing career pathways and state-of-the-art facilities and curriculum, GO TEC expands along with the schools’ new career academies. The Great Opportunities in Technology and Engineering Careers (GO TEC™) program stimulates job growth within the Commonwealth by creating dependable talent pipelines in strategic sectors, fostered through public […]

Students speak out on transition ahead


Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on the decision to build a consolidated secondary school for Mecklenburg County students — as evidenced by the procession of speakers at school board meetings, letters to the editor in local newspapers, and the countless exchanges and dustups on social media. But adults aren’t the only ones with opinions. How do students feel? There […]

School complex fast facts

Size: 354,568 sq. ft. Capacity: 2,800 – 1,300 in the MS and 1,500 in the HS Cost: $352 per sq. ft. The bid for construction was $124,950,000. The balance of the approximately $152 million budget was for permitting, architect and legal and professional fees, land purchase, furniture and equipment, moving an in-ground cable and two cemeteries, excessive granite removal, road […]