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New Superintendent holding town forums

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte - Mecklenburg school (CMS) district new superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison is holding a series of town hall meetings. Monday night he conducted a meeting in the south part of town. He held it at Ardrey Kell High school.

Morrison wants to hear from the community and see what is on their minds to determine how he can make things better throughout the district. He will use it to come up with a long term plan after he has been on the job for 100 days.

There is a push on the south part of the county to break away from Charlotte and CMS. The movement is called South Mecklenburg Alliance of Responsible Taxpayers (SMART).

Taxpayers in the south part of town think they don't get their money's worth when it comes to their children's education. Students in the south part of town get less money compared to students living in poorer sections of the city.

They think that is unfair and they want the new superintendent to address it. No SMART members voiced concerns at Monday's forum.

"Just to look at making sure equity is there," CMS Parent Felicia Harris said. "And if there is opportunity to do something else different with the way things are set up, particularly on this side of town. I would want him to think about that during his tenure as superintendent." 

Morrison also addressed the year-round schools. The year-round concept will be discussed with Project LIFT schools, servicing the West Charlotte corridor on Thursday. Morrison says the year- round concept may work with other CMS schools, but not all of them.

"I think it's an outstanding opportunity to explore that with Project LIFT and based on how successful that may be with Project LIFT, we might look to do that with some of our schools, but I don't necessarily think it's an option to look at with all of our schools," Morrison said.

Morrison has another town hall meeting scheduled Thursday at Hopewell High school.

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