UCA’s high school building ready; Delays expected for younger students

ASHEBORO — The new high school building for Uwharrie Charter Academy opens next week.

The new facility will house the high school and career academy. A ribbon cutting was held last Thursday, with an appearance by Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, who’s running for governor in 2024.

Classes begin Monday, and students will be welcomed to the new facility. Staff members have spent the past couple of weeks on-site preparing for the opening.

It hasn’t gone quite as smoothly for UCA’s elementary school facilities. UCA superintendent Sharron Castelli announced an adjustment to the school calendar for early grades.

“We will have our first grade learning cottage ready for our staff and students,” Castelli wrote. “With that said, the kindergarten cottage is currently a week behind schedule.”

So, Castelli said the plan for kindergarten students will be a meet-and-greet next week, during which time take-home resources will be available. Classes on campus will begin with staggered entry the week of Aug. 28.

A ribbon cutting was held last week in anticipation of the opening of Uwharrie Charter Academy’s new high school. Superintendent Sharon Castelli, front right, and other school personnel take part in the ceremony as Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, back center, looks on. (PJ WARD-BROWN/NORTH STATE JOURNAL)
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