Huntersville, Cornelius pass student assignment resolutions

Push for neighborhood schools

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Davidson plans to pass a resolution concerning Charlotte- Mecklenburg School (CMS) District this week. Huntersville and Cornelius passed similar resolutions Monday night, supporting neighborhood schools.

The politicians are disappointed CMS school board didn't make home schools a priority when the board passed goals for its student assignment plan a few weeks ago. The plan will determine where students will attend schools. Some fear forced busing will take place.

"That is something that we're a little concerned about," Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla said. "I think people are looking for predictability and stability in their student assignment and when you don't guarantee home schools, you start creating a lot of concern."

The mayor tells WBTV voters have been very vocal about politicians stepping into the student assignment plan. This is what people have been saying.

"The mayor lives in Huntersville," the mayor said. "What is he doing?"

The mayor hopes the resolution will show his constituents town leaders are taking action.  He also believes with other town leaders also passing resolutions, CMS will get the point.

"I think that's a great thing." CMS Parent Tim Peterson said.

Peterson tells WBTV he moved to Huntersville so his son could attend Huntersville Elementary. The dad believes neighborhood schools are best.

"It makes a world of difference," Peterson said. "As far as building that community and building that friendship."

While towns to the North of Charlotte are just passing resolutions to make home schools a priority, towns South of Charlotte are ready to go a step further.

The Mayors in Matthews and Mint Hill believe CMS is too big. They are ready to pass resolutions to split up CMS. Aneralla says for now, he is just sticking to home schools.

"I think just as a first step right now," the mayor said. "We need to talk about the current student assignment plan. We'll let our southern neighbors figure a way out, so to speak."

CMS School board chairperson Mary McCray tells WBTV the student assignment will be based on choice and claims no forced busing will happen. McCray tells WBTV she wants politicians and parents to know student assignment is still incomplete and nothing has been decided.

Parents still want their government to step in.

"It is better to act early," CMS parent Courtney Fossett said. "And make sure that we have our basis covered, rather than react later."

Corenlius counsel members passed the resolution in a 5-0 vote in favor of supporting neighborhood schools.

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