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Parents want a new high school for their community

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte - Mecklenburg school district (CMS) board members will vote Tuesday on building a new elementary school. It will be built in southwest Charlotte and will cost about $13 million.

While board members are voting, parents are complaining. They argue their area is growing and a new high school would be a better option. They say the only high school in that area is Olympic High school. Parents say that school is overcrowded and only offers certain type of curriculums.

The school board is obligated to build a new elementary school. It was part of the 2007 bond referendum.

Some board members agree a new high school should be built in that area. They encouraged parents to come to Tuesday night's board meeting to voice their concern.

Parents in the southwest Charlotte community are fearful. They want a new high school before their children are old enough to go to high school. They are starting now to make choices.

"We're already thinking," CMS parent Marty Forloine said. "Do we relocate. How do we handle this."

CMS says building elementary schools first is best. School officials say since students spend more time in elementary schools, those schools should take priority.

Parents say that sounds good but they still want a new high school. One could come if CMS school board approves a bond referendum to go before voters.

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