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Charlotte-Mecklenburg board meets to refine list of school closures

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By Dedrick Russell - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board is refining the process of closing a dozen schools at public work session on Monday.

The board voted to leave Highland Mill and Chantilly Montessori schools alone.  They were slated to be shut down.  CMS wanted to consolidate those two schools and make the successful Montessori program larger so more students could attend.

In the end board members thought a consolidation would not be in the best interest for students.

Also Mint Hill Middle and Ballantyne Elementary will not change boundary lines.  It was suggested to tweak boundary lines to relieve overcrowding at those schools.

The school board also decided not to implement year round schools at Myers Park and Elizabeth Elementary schools.

Villa Heights and Davidson IB Middle were also mentioned at the meeting.  Motions were made to remove those schools from the chopping block, but they failed.  It could change because not all board members were present to vote. 

One issue that has come up is that of elementary students being in a school with high school-aged students. CMS has recommended a K-12 magnet school.

At Monday's meeting, school board member Tim Morgan mentioned safety concerns about kindergarten students going to school with older students.

CMS staff said they believe that should not be a problem.

Parents weren't able to speak at this meeting, but many parents were there holding up signs telling board members to save their school. Parents from Highland Mill and Chantilly Montessori were present -- signs read "SOS save our school." and "Highland Mill is just the right size for me."

It appears that strategy worked.

Click here for a full list of the proposed changes

Also CMS has announced other community forums:

  • Thursday, October 7th - Hopewell High School (6-8 pm)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 12th - Charlotte Government Center (Time TBA)
  • Thursday, October 14th - Vance High School (6-8pm)
  • Wednesday, October 20th - East Mecklenburg High School (6-8 pm)
  • Thursday, October 21st - West Mecklenburg High School (6-8 pm)
  • Monday, October 25th - South Mecklenburg High School (6-8 pm)

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