Matthews ready split from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Published: Mar. 4, 2016 at 5:12 PM EST|Updated: Apr. 3, 2016 at 5:01 PM EDT
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MATTHEWS, NC (WBTV) - Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor says full speed is ahead when it comes to the town of Matthews forming its own school district. The mayor says on March 14th the town council will pass a resolution supporting a split from Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District (CMS).

"We will pass a resolution that meeting," the mayor said. "In support of our neighborhood schools and moving forward with the General Assembly to find out what authority we can get."

The mayor believes other towns will pass similar resolutions too. Taylor has already met with the Mayor of Mint Hill about the split. The mayor tells WBTV soon the town will create a task force consisting of citizens. They will further investigate how a separation can happen.

The Mayor believes CMS is getting too big.

"It's gotten to the point where it's so big now," Taylor said. "It's trying to be everything to everybody and I think that's not working out." The mayor does have some idea how Matthews can establish its own school district.

"We've got three scenarios we are exploring," Taylor said. "Number one - getting the authority to form our own school district - Two - splitting up CMS districts to a North, Mid South districts or regions, and then the Third - is possibly starting our own charter school system in Matthews and Mint Hill."

The General Assembly would have to approve a split. The mayor admits convincing state leaders could be a challenge, but he is encourage by what he has heard from some state lawmakers.

"I have talked to some of our Mecklenburg County Delegation," the Mayor said. "And they are in support of this. They say they will help us navigate through the waters up in Raleigh to see what options are available to us, and once we figure out which avenue we want to go down, they'll help us go down there."

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