Camden County High School

Project Contributors


For more of this event, see the video here.

New High School Site

Project History

May 2008: County Commissioners approved purchasing land for a new high school
November 2017: County and District received approval for initial $2.3 million
grant for new high school
March 2019: County Commissioners finance workshop where various options for funding a new high school were discussed by First Tryon the County’s advisers
March 2019: County Commissioners approved grant application for high school
September 2019: County and District received facility study results,
Conclusion: the high school must be replaced to make space for growing enrollment
November 2019: County and District received approval for remaining $10 million grant for new high school
October 2019-October 2020: District developed an educational program for high school
July 2020: County Commissioners approved preliminary site investigation
on the proposed high school site
August 2020: County Commissioners approved the $33 million ballot question for a total project budget of $45,287,400 based upon a combination of a 10 cent property tax increase, sales tax revenues and the NC Grant funds.
November 2020: Voters overwhelmingly
said YES!

Project Timeline

Schematic Design PhaseNovember 2020 – March 2021
Early Site Development PackageFebruary 2021 – May 2021
Design Development PhaseMarch 2021 – April/May 2021
Construction Document PhaseMay 2021 – August 2021
Site DevelopmentMay 2021 – July 2021
BuildingOctober 2021 – November 2021
Groundbreaking CeremonyMay 2021
Site DevelopmentJuly 2021 – January 2022
BuildingNovember 2021 – September 2023
Owner Move-InSeptember 2023


Approved Funding: $45,287,400
  • 2020 Bond Referendum
    • $33,000,000
    • USDA Loan (Historic Low interest rates!)
  • Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund
    • $12,287,400
Construction Cost$40,482,876
Building Cost$31,932,876
Site Development$4,000,000
Athletics Allowance$2,500,000
Add Alternate Auxiliary Gymnasium$2,050,000
Engineering and Architect Fees (Portion of Technical Fees)$2,488,724
Other Costs and Fees$587,700
Furnishings Allowance$750,000
Technology Allowance$200,000
Off-Site Improvements: (reimbursable by DOT)$840,000

NCDPI Guidelines

Existing Camden County High SchoolNCDPI Standard RequirementsNew High School & Early College
Enrollment600 students600 students, 600 core600 student, 800 core
Size81,500 ft²119,346 ft² (Excluding Early College)122,060 ft²

Schematic Layouts

Community Feedback

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Local Contractor and Vendor Interest

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The Design-Build team is accepting bids on the Early Site Package until September 8, 2021 at 1pm.

Please reach out to Maggie Dittmar (803-227-1273 : for documents and any questions.