Parents discuss pairing of elementary schools

Parents will meet Monday night to discuss the likelihood of two elementary schools being paired together as part of the CMS student assignment plan.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Parents of two different Charlotte elementary schools will met Monday night

The pairing is part of the sweeping changes Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Ann Clark recommended last week. 

A lot of people were shocked last week when Clark suggested pairing these two schools — Sedgefield Elementary, a predominantly African American school, and Dilworth Elementary, a predominantly white school — but in the days since, parents from both schools have come together trying to work through how to make this work for everyone. 

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Jessica Robards has lived in the Sedgefield neighborhood for more than a decade. Her son is a first grader there, and her younger son will be at the school in a few years. 

"We love our neighborhood," she said. "We've seen its growth and wanted to send our child to Sedgefield. We're all for it, we are excited about this plan."

The just-announced plan would pair Dilworth, a higher-performing school, with the lower-performing Sedgefield. Under the plan, Sedgefield will be kindergarten through second grade, with Dilworth having grades 3-5. 

The schools are less than two miles apart. 

"We have a lot of people in this neighborhood who want to send their kids there," Robards said.

In fact, she says thanks to this plan, more parents in the Sedgefield neighborhood are now willing ot send their kids to a school they previously wouldn't have considered. 

Some Dilworth Elementary-zoned parents aren't as thrilled about pulling their kids from the top-rated school. 

"It's been a whirlwind grasping everything," one parent said. 

There is nothing final yet. That won't happen until a school board meeting on May 24 to finalize the student assignment plan. 

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