Charter school and county officials were on hand Friday for the ribbon cutting for Clover Garden’s new high school at 5806 Pagetown Road, Burlington. The new school cost $16 million, according to Clover Garden School officials.
Outgrowing its main campus 2454 Altamahaw Union Ridge Road, and unable to expand there due to septic limitations, the school instead bought property nearby to establish a separate high school.
Clover Garden is among a number of charter schools that have had waiting lists for new students. The school has 950 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, according to executive director Heather Vereyken, with 270 of those at the high school level.
The 43,000 square foot building on 19 acres has 14 classrooms, as well as separate rooms for dance, band, art, and fitness, as well as a warming kitchen, administrative offices, and several student commons areas. Outside there are two courtyards, as well as 223 parking spaces.
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Among those present were (above left to right) Clover Garden executive director Heather Vereyken; Chad Huffines, vice chairman of the school’s board of directors; Cathy June, chairman of the school’s board of directors; and county commissioner vice chairman Steve Carter; also present but not pictured was county commissioner Bill Lashley.
Adding pep and cheer to the festivities were the school’s band and members of the school’s dance ensemble.