- Gaston County Schools
UPDATE: Plans for the new Belmont Middle School
Work will begin soon on the new Belmont Middle School
Gaston County is one step closer to getting another new school.
Monday night (October 15), the Board of Education unanimously accepted a bid from Beam Construction Company of Cherryville to build the new middle school in Belmont. The campus will replace the current Belmont Middle School on Central Avenue that is nearly 80 years old.
Beam Construction submitted a bid of $33.54 million to build the school. Beam is the same company that built the new Pleasant Ridge Elementary School in Gastonia, which opened in August 2017.
The new Belmont Middle School will be located on 78 acres of land on South Point Road. It will be similar in concept and design to the new Stanley Middle School, which opened in March 2018. LS3P Associates is the architect for the new Belmont school; LS3P also designed Stanley Middle.
The new two-story school will feature 155,000 square feet of space and be able to accommodate 1,000 students. The core areas of the school such as the cafeteria and gymnasium will be built to accommodate 1,200 students to plan for future growth.
With the selection of Beam Construction as the general contractor, activity will begin soon at the site, which is just south of South Point High School. Crews will begin clearing the land in the months ahead. Construction will take about 24 months with the school opening for the 2021-2022 academic year. A groundbreaking ceremony is expected to take place in March 2019.
Funding for the new school is included in the $250 million school bond referendum that was approved by voters in the May 2018 primary election. The county is expected to issue bonds this fall to pay for the new school.
VIDEO: On August 20, representatives from LS3P Associates (the architect for the school) made a presentation to the Board of Education. Click here to watch the video.
VIDEO: On October 15, the Board of Education unanimously voted to approve Beam Construction Company of Cherryville as the general contractor. Click here to watch the video.