CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Parents of students who attend Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools say the changes the school board is proposing will negatively affect some schools while in the process, positively impacting others.
Paul's Reali is the president of the Villa Heights Elementary School Parent Teacher Association. He also has a second grader at the school, which is home to a CMS magnet program.
"It's been home to us. It's been successful. It's really impossible to argue with the success we've had here,” he says.
So successful in fact, the CMS Board wants to move the small school into nearby Lincoln Heights Elementary
"Over time, the school would grow to about twice the size it's now. So about 300 more kids would have access to this program,” he explains.
But it also means the students in Lincoln Heights would be displaced and shuffled to other area schools.
"My son has been there ever since kindergarten. He loves the school,” says Shawn Smith, the PTA president at Lincoln Heights.
"With Villa Heights coming in, I think it's a great thing for Villa Heights, but not really a good thing for Lincoln Heights."
In fact, Smith says the proposed changes to Villa Heights Elementary and Lincoln Heights Elementary basically pit school against school, parent against parent.
"To me it's like a battle for education," said Smith.
That battle continues Thursday at 6 p.m. at Vance High School. The CMS School Board is holding its latest public forum meeting there.