What’s going on at NB Middle?

North Buncombe Middle School

 Clint Parker

NBMS – So there’s a lot of construction going on at North Buncombe Middle School and here is a rundown of what’s going on for our readers.

According to Stacia Harris, Communication Director for Buncombe County Schools, there are two projects currently under construction and one in the planning stage that are the first phases of larger master plan projects for North Buncombe Middle. Harris said the outline of the projects comes directly from Tim Fierle, Buncombe County School Facilities Director.

First a “…new drive entrance and traffic reconfiguration is part of Phase 1. The outcome of this project will relocate the car rider drop-off and pick-up to the front of the school and provide for extended queueing on school property.

“Buses will relocate to the rear of the school and utilize Dula Springs Road. The parking areas at front and back of the school will be complete in the next few days and the new driveway will be complete in October. Until the new drive is completed, the traffic pattern for drop-off and pick-up will stay the same as in previous years. Once the new drive is completed, the car and bus patterns will be changed.” The contract cost for this part of the project is $830,500.

Next, is a “…re-roofing of the building which is part of Phase 1 and 2. A new sloped metal roof system is under construction and [is] expected to [be] completed in November. This phase encompasses the 7th grade classroom wing, main entrance and the CTE wing. The new roofing system is a heavy-duty commercial standing seam metal system that is expected to last 50 years or more and will transform the “curb appeal” of the 1950s building. This contract project is costing $897,000.”

In addition to the aforementioned projects, “A design team from MHA Works is designing and costing out additions and renovations intended to: promote school security; support educational initiatives; replace the existing modulars; connect all sections of the school to avoid students’ exterior passage between buildings; and to work with the new traffic patterns. The exact scope, character and phasing is to be determined after consultation with school-based administration and the design team.” The cost of this part of the project has not yet been determined.


Excavators parked outside the school are being used to create a new drive entrance and traffic reconfiguration for North Buncombe Middle.

New steel beams for the new roof can be seen on top of the building.

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