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NC School of Science and Math Kicks Off ‘Barn Raising’ Capital Campaign $3M goal to fund historic renovation at new Morganton campus

Oct. 24, 2018 (Morganton, NC) — The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) announced the kickoff of its NCSSM-Morganton Barn Raising Campaign, aiming to raise $3 million in private donations from regional stakeholders that will support the construction
of its new campus including the renovation of a historic cattle barn on the site — a key landmark of the new campus slated to open in 2021.

This second NCSSM campus, being built on a ridgeline in Morganton near Interstate 40, will feature adaptive renovations of four buildings including the cattle barn, a regional icon. Built in 1940, it is being revitalized as a multipurpose space to host large school events as well as
activities for the local community. With commanding views overlooking the South Mountains, the barn presents an idyllic locale to host everyday gatherings and momentous occasions. “The barn will signify arrival to our new campus while also celebrating the rich history of this
beautiful region,” said Kevin Baxter, NCSSM director of western campus planning. “We are so grateful for the ongoing support of the local community, and the barn represents that spirit of partnership and regional engagement.”

NCSSM-Morganton has realized $73 million in construction funding from the state and now needs additional investment from companies, foundations, and individuals to complete the campus master plan. Key supporters will be recognized in and around the barn and through
donor societies. These critical gifts will empower NCSSM to deliver on the vision of providing facilities comparable to the Durham campus while strengthening the school’s connection to the communities of western North Carolina.

Artist Renderings of  Barn Exterior, Barn Interior and the Campus

Link to donation page:

Kevin Baxter
(828) 448-3540


North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics is a world-class public high school with statewide reach offering students the skills and knowledge to design their own future. Specializing in science, technology, engineering, and math, we challenge talented high school juniors and seniors from across North Carolina through a residential program on our historic campus in Durham — and beginning in 2021, on our second campus being built in Morganton. Our extensive online program and summer offerings extend our impact to every corner of the state and to younger students. We give back to our communities through the time, talents, and resources of our world-class educators, dedicated staff, and students. Founded in 1980 as the first of its kind, NCSSM has become the model for 18 such specialized schools around the globe. Our 11,000-plus alumni include local and global leaders in medicine, technology, commerce, education, and the arts, a community of problem solvers who build a brighter future.

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