CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NBC Charlotte got a first glimpse at a new school in east Charlotte Wednesday.
Construction is underway on the new McClintock Middle School.
The new school is adjacent to the old middle school, built in 1955. The new facility will be home to about 800 CMS students and has 54 classrooms, including art, music and dance rooms.
A new gym includes an accessible stage and seating capacity for more than 1,300 people. The building also has improved security.
"Is it different building a school that is designed to enhance teaching a learning versus just building a building. And so when you hear our architects and building managers talking about getting acoustics right, getting the lighting right..thinking about the flow about where you put academic classes...that really goes into the culture and ethos of a building," said CMS superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison.
The new school construction was funded through a 2007 bond project and is set to open fall of 2013. The old McClintock Middle School is set for demolition.