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.
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.
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