Updated 10/05/2010 07:57 AM
CMS spares handful of schools in latest overhaul meeting
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CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board is removing some schools from the list that will be involved in the district's overhaul. The proposed changes involved altering boundaries, consolidating programs and closing schools. The move comes as the district prepares to lose millions of dollars in federal funding.
In the middle of Monday afternoon, parents packed the CMS Board work session. Armed with signs, many from Highland Mill and Chantilly Montessori, they came to fight the proposed changes to their school.
"Highland Mill is working," parent Stephanie Roberson said. "We're meeting our numbers. It's working. We're doing everything they've designed for us to do in our new facility."
In all, 78 schools were facing some sort of changes, from receiving additional help to closing. The board wanted more details from staff about why those schools were specifically chosen.
"For some sites it's purely economics," board member Trent Merchant said. "For others it's hey we're not getting it done and we have to come up with a better solution."
The problem is that some of the schools chosen in hopes of saving money have good academic programs. The fear is that altering the programs could do more harm than good.
"If there's academic achievement. If there's proficiency," board member Joyce Waddell explains. "If there's growth and those are the things were looking at. I think those schools should continue to function like they've been doing in the past."
That's why the board voted to remove six schools from the list. Now, Highland Mill and Chantilly Montessori will no longer be consolidated. Changes will not be made to Myers Park Traditional and Elizabeth Traditional. The boundaries will not be redrawn for Ballantyne Elementary and Mint Hill Middle School.
The new list, board member Trent Merchant is calling more manageable. However there is still more work to be done. The next step involves a series of public forums.
Thursday, Oct. 7 – 6-8 p.m.
Hopewell High (auditorium)
11530 Beatties Ford Road
Tuesday, Oct. 12 – Time TBA
CMGC- Room 267
600 E. 4th Street
Thursday, Oct. 14 – 6-8p.m.
Vance High (auditorium)
7600 IBM Drive
Wednesday, Oct. 20 – 6-8 p.m.
East Mecklenburg High (auditorium)
6800 Monroe Road
Thursday, Oct. 21 – 6-8 p.m.
West Mecklenburg High (auditorium)
7400 Tuckaseegee Road
Monday, Oct. 25 – 6-8 p.m.
South Mecklenburg High (auditorium)
8900 Park Road