The days of overpopulation and annexations for Fort Mill School high schools may be coming to an end. While upgrades have been made and more are to come for many of the schools in the district, overpopulation on the high school level will be alleviated as early as 2019.
According to senior planner with the Catawba Regional Council of Governments Mike Vead’s projected enrollments, it is possible that the district could have a total of 18,000 students by the 2019-2020 school year, which reflects an average of 8 percent increase per school year.
High School No. 3 is on the table with recently revealed plans that include ample sports fields. From a football stadium to track space to a soccer and lacrosse field, Fort Mill has big plans for the new high school. A band practice field, as well as facilities for tennis, baseball, and softball, will be built.
These details for the new Fort Mill high school come in the midst of the construction of Pleasant Knoll Middle School scheduled to open August 2017.
The site plan for High School No. 3 has been approved for grading with details such as access points, driveway locations, building and field locations, and general site layout in place. The next step is to acquire land disturbance permit from the town says Joe Cronin, town planning manager.
The future high school will be located along the southwest corner of Fort Mill Parkway and Whites Road.
The Fort Mill School District currently operates a total of 15 schools; 9 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, and 2, soon to be high schools.