New Stanley Middle School project progressing rapidly

Exterior work on the new Stanley Middle School is nearly done and the interior jobs well under way. Hopes are for students and staff to move in right after the first of 2018.


Ever since ground was broken on July 19, 2016 for the new Stanley Middle School, work on the project has moved forward at a brisk pace. So much so that the plan is to move students into the shining educational edifice soon after the first of 2018.The building represents an investment of around $27.5 million funded by a school bond referendum approved by voters in 2007.

The new school will accommodate around 800 sixth through eighth graders from the Stanley and Mt. Holly areas. Total capacity will be around 1,000 students.

The two-story, state of the art facility will feature 135,000 sq. ft. of space in more than 40 classrooms equipped with the latest technology and teaching aids.

In a “flip-flop” of the school building and athletic fields, the new school will be built behind the existing building on the site of the football field. The old building will be demolished after students move into the new school during the 2017-2018 school year. The new athletic fields will be located where the current school building sits and should be finished in 2018.

The new school will feature: a modern library and media center, which will serve as the heart of the school and be located near the main entrance; a spacious cafeteria with stage area and large gymnasium to allow for a variety of uses; grades separated by wings, with the sixth grade on the main floor and seventh and eighth grades on the second floor as well as administration areas on each floor; separate bus and vehicle entrances plus 175 parking spaces and a pick-up lane that is able to accommodate 90 cars; maximum use of natural light and energy efficiency throughout the school; and new athletic facilities including a multipurpose football field with a six-lane track, a 300-foot baseball field, bleachers, a field house, and equipment storage facility.

The new school will replace the older building that formerly served as Stanley’s high school and junior high dating back to the 1940s.

Stanley Middle principal Rebecca Huffstetler says the students and staff have been watching progress on the new building with eager anticipation.

“The new school is going to be a source of great pride for Stanley and we are looking forward to getting into the new building and seeing how the new campus will serve our community for years to come,” Huffstetler said.

Moving the staff, students, and classroom materials into the new structure will be an interesting exercise in logistics. The plan calls for teachers to take a work day and move their classroom supplies into their respective rooms in the new building and for the students to occupy the rooms afterward