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Gray Stone Day School Updates

December 2010

Unlike many new schools, the construction of Gray Stone Day School, a public charter high school located on the Pfeiffer campus, is slightly ahead of schedule. The 50,000 square-foot building is nearing completion and school officials hope to move into the new facility at the end of this month â€“ a few weeks earlier than projected.

“We've been very fortunate and extremely pleased,” said Helen Nance, head of the school and Gray Stone co-founder. “Between the tremendously good weather and the efficiency of the folks from John S. Clark Construction, who have been wonderful to work with, the project is somewhat ahead of the plan.”

Nance said the school's teachers, parents, and especially students, are “thrilled and look forward with lots of anticipation” to their new surroundings, which will provide many new amenities including a video conferencing center. Earlier this year, Pfeiffer donated 18 acres of land behind Merner Center for Health and Physical Education to build the new school, which cost approximately $7 million to construct.

April 12, 2010

Gray Stone Day School will break ground on a new $7.2 million facility that will allow the school to meet its growing enrollment demands. Several distinguished guests will be part of the groundbreaking ceremony that will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 14, behind the Merner Gymnasium on the Misenheimer campus. Pfeiffer recently donated 18 acres of its land to Gray Stone, which has occupied an academic building on the campus for eight years.

The college preparatory school attracts students from eight counties and 10 school districts, including Mecklenburg, the state's largest - and Gray Stone graduates have been accepted to colleges like Pfeiffer, Dartmouth, West Point, Elon, Wake Forest, and UNC Chapel Hill. Albemarle native Lindsey Eudy, a Gray Stone senior, recently received a full tuition scholarship to attend Pfeiffer. Eudy will begin as a freshman at Pfeiffer this fall.

March 4, 2010

Construction update

The entrance road by the Henry Pfeiffer Chapel up to the bridge will be closed to ALL parking and entrance from March 8-12. It will be a construction only entrance.

Please use the northern entrance by the post office to enter north campus. You may utilize parking areas behind Goode Hall and Washington Hall. All pedestrian traffic and vehicle traffic may not enter CONSTRUCTION areas past the tennis courts. Thank you in advance for your patience, understanding and cooperation.

Tracey Wyrick
Misenheimer Police Chief

February 12, 2010

Gray Stone Day School has been working tirelessly for quite some time to raise the necessary funds for their own facility. Their efforts have paid off, and they are now ready to begin the construction process. Of course, this process will involve some inconvenience and disruption, particularly to those of us on the north side of campus…so I wanted to give you an idea of what to expect in the very near future.

The DOT will begin creating an access road next week, at which time you will start to see construction traffic on campus. Access to the north campus via Chapel Drive will be limited to construction-related traffic, and non-construction vehicles will be redirected to the entrance road next to the post office. Construction of the access road is expected to take about eight weeks, and once that is completed, construction of the facility will begin on the new site. Please note, the existing road and bridge to the gym will remain in place until after June 1, at which time it will be dismantled.

In addition to the modified traffic flow on north campus, some parking spaces will also be unavailable starting next week. Parallel parking next to the chapel will no longer be available, and other areas could possibly be affected as well. We will certainly try to give as much notice as possible if other parking-related issues arise.

With all of the extra activity that will be taking place over the next several weeks, I want to encourage you to please be especially alert and cautious as you travel about campus. There will likely be extra pedestrian traffic, as well as construction traffic and workers…so let's stay safe! This is an exciting time for Gray Stone, and for Pfeiffer…and your patience during this process will be much appreciated.

Dr. Chuck Ambrose
Pfeiffer University President

November 5, 2009


One of the first things to be done for the new road construction will be replacing the water main along the Merner Terrace (the road by the Chapel).  The Pfeiffer North Stanly Water Association will start work on Monday at 6 a.m. There will be a water outage most of the day for the following facilities, Merner Center, Jane Freeman, Merner Gym and all houses on Merner Terrace.  

Traffic and parking will be limited along Merner Terrace, I would encourage you to access north campus parking areas by using the Post Office entrance. There will be access to the gym parking lot but no access to other north campus lots from Merner Terrace.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.  Please, feel free to call if you have any questions.

Sharon K. Bard
Director of Facilities

October 1, 2009

As most of you are aware, we have been working for more than a year now to assist Gray Stone Day School , which is located on the Pfeiffer University campus, in the establishment of their own separate facility. Up to this point, the majority of this work has taken place behind the scenes. There have been numerous stops and starts along the way; but very soon you will begin to see some exciting changes unfolding on the Misenheimer campus, and I wanted to give you a heads-up as to what to expect in the coming weeks and months.

Within the next ten days, a temporary bridge to Merner Gym will be constructed. To provide a staging area for the placement of this temporary bridge, the first two rows of the parking lot behind Jane Freeman (those closest to the creek) will be roped off beginning Friday afternoon, through the next weekend. As part of this process, it will be necessary to remove two or three trees in order to accommodate this project. Please note, there are still final legal and logistical issues that are being worked out with Gray Stone and their board of directors. We are confident that these final details will be settled within the next several days. In the meantime, the temporary bridge is a necessity in order to move forward to the next step in the process.

Over the course of this construction project, you will receive periodic updates and other necessary construction-related notifications. Please be sure to read and heed these notices.

Gray Stone is a tremendous asset to Pfeiffer and to the local community, and the school appreciates the support of the larger campus community in helping provide a quality experience for its students. Those of you who work in close proximity to Gray Stone's classes will attest that having a separate facility will not only benefit their students, but ours as well. The freeing up of classroom space in Harris Science Building will greatly enhance the academic experience for our science students, especially those who are enrolled in our new nursing program.

Thank you for your patience with the inconveniences and aggravations that will naturally occur during this process. I welcome any questions or concerns you may have.

Dr. Chuck Ambrose
Pfeiffer University President

About Gray Stone Day School

Gray Stone Day School is a regional school that provides a college preparatory curriculum for students in grades 9-12 who live in a rural area.  While developing a strong character, students engage in highly challenging courses that will require them to work diligently in and out of the classroom. Because of its location on Pfeiffer University's campus in Misenheimer, North Carolina, students are exposed to daily university campus life.  It is a state-supported school and therefore there is no charge to any North Carolina state resident. At this time, Gray Stone Day School serves 300 students from Stanly, Rowan, Cabarrus, Montgomery, Mecklenburg, Davidson, Randolph and Iredell counties.



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