CMS proposes closing 12 schools next year

CMS proposes closing 12 schools next year

CMS proposes closing 12 schools next year

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on September 28, 2010 at 7:23 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 28 at 3:13 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Twelve schools were named Tuesday as facilities that could possibly close next year under Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' latest student assignment plan.

The schools are:

  • Amay James Pre-K (Relocate students to Pre-K-8 home schools)
  • Chantilly Elementary (Relocate to Oakhurst facility)
  • Highland Mill Elementary (Relocate to Oakhurst facility)
  • Pawtuckett Elmentary (Consolidate at Whitewater Academy)
  • University Park Elementary (Consolidate at First Ward Creative Arts year round)
  • Villa Heights Elementary (Relocate to Elizabeth facility)
  • Davidson IB Middle (Relocate to Alexander Middle)
  • Smith K-8 (Relocate to E.E. Waddell HS facility)
  • Bishop Spaugh MS (Pre K-8 programs created at feeder elementaries)
  • John Taylor Williams Middle (Pre K-8 programs created at feeder elementaries)
  • Wilson Middle (Reassign attendance boundary to Kennedy MS and Whitewater MS)
  • Irwin Avenue ES (Divide attendance boundary among home schools in proximity)

CMS is also considering creating a year-round magnet school at Myers Park Elementary.

Click here to view CMS' full report on possible school changes next year.

The overall list of schools potentially facing change in 2011-12 now stands at 59. CMS spokeswoman LaTarzja Henry said some of those changes would be relatively minor, such as seeing boundaries expand to relieve crowding at a nearby school.

CMS has not done massive closings in memory. Shaking up at least two dozen of the district's 170-plus schools would affect thousands of families and rock neighborhoods where the schools are located. Even smaller changes, such as redrawing boundaries, are likely to mobilize families concerned that their educational options or property values will be affected.

Henry said today's version of the list isn't designed to be a final blueprint for a shakeup designed to boost academics, save money and help CMS cope with crowded and aging schools. "Staff wants clear direction from the board," she said.

The board needs to lock in a list, line up meetings with school and community leaders and make decisions by mid-November for next school year.

The board has spent dozens of hours on its student-assignment review since June. Earlier this month, board members asked Superintendent Peter Gorman to bring back suggestions for top priorities.

Some members said the previous lists were too extensive to be realistic. They include schools with weak academic performance; buildings that are too crowded, underfilled or need repairs; and a long list of magnets that don't meet new standards for outperforming neighborhood schools.

When the board decides which schools to focus on for changes next year, staff will line up meetings with faculty, parents, students and community partners to work out specifics.

(Ann Doss Helms of the Charlotte Observer contributed.)

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