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Closing a popular CMS high school to save money?

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Charlotte - Mecklenburg School board will tackle the school budget once again this week. CMS may have to fill a possible $80 million budget shortfall.  One suggestion that could come up for discussion is shutting down popular Independence High school and North Meck High school and have those students fill two new schools.

CMS superintendent Peter Gorman has said if the district doesn't get enough money from the county, then the district may not be able to afford to open two new schools. 

One board member wanted to know how much money CMS would save if students from Independence and North Meck High went to the new schools in their area. 

CMS says it's cheaper to keep an older school vacant than a new school.

Board member Kaye McGarry says the money could help save jobs.

"I want to do as much as we can," McGarry said.  "To eliminate removing 600 teachers."

Despite the fact the CMS could save money through this shuffle, we are told there is not enough board support to shut down Independence and North Meck High.

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