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CMS releases report about school closures

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison requested his staff to present a report detailing the outcome of the district's decision to close 10 schools and create several PreK-8 schools.

"I think it was the most ingenious," Mecklenburg Co. NAACP President Kojo Nantambu said.  "Obnoxious and racist things that could have happened."

CMS will officially reveal the report at Tuesday night's school board meeting.  The report shows CMS did save about $5 million in its first year of closing schools but spent almost $7 million to retrofit the schools to become K-8.  CMS says this process will pay for itself in a year and a half.

The report also shows test scores dropped in Math and Reading at some schools. And at other schools test scores rose.  CMS says it is not ready to attribute the results of test scores to the creation of K-8 schools.

"We are going to need three to four years," CMS Chief Accountability Officer Frank Barnes said. "Before we make some definitive statements about this work, but make no mistake about it - if we see things aren't progressing in the way we want to and the way we need to, we will look at what we are doing and how we are doing it and intervene appropriately."

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