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Christ The King High School Eyes Site In Cabarrus County

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Christ the King Catholic High School, scheduled to open this fall at a temporary site in Mooresville, will likely end up permanently in Cabarrus County, following a Kannapolis City Council vote this week to annex a 96-acre site on N.C. 73 east of the intersection with Shiloh Church and Poplar Tent roads, east of Davidson. The Catholic Diocese of Charlotte has been eyeing the site just outside of Kannapolis in Cabarrus County, and requested the annexation so it could have city water and sewer extended to the location. The Diocese has been negotiating with the Cabarrus County landowner for the past two months and delayed the annexation vote twice as it sought to tie up loose ends, including closing an existing mining permit on the site. The site has open permits allowing it to be used as a pit gravel mine. When it opens, Christ the King Catholic will be the 19th school in the Charlotte Diocese, and will be the first Catholic high school built to serve students north of Charlotte. Many of the region's Catholic high school students commute to Charlotte Catholic High School. The school plans to open this fall in temporary quarters at 753 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy. (N.C. 150) in Mooresville. Initial enrollment will be limited to ninth and 10th grade students. Grades 11 and 12 will be added in 2012 and 2013 respectively. The first graduation will be in 2014. Project Director Daniel Dolan came to the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte from Virginia to open the new school. At an information meeting in January in Mooresville, he said the school plans to incorporate the latest technology available like its counterpart in Charlotte. Charlotte Catholic High School gave its students MacBooks and iPads this year as it pilots a program moving from traditional to digital textbooks.