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CMS magnet meeting set

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' top administrators and the school board will spend another day discussing magnet changes Oct. 2.

Superintendent Peter Gorman has said his staff still needs to talk to the board about how possible changes to the specialized programs, where all students are there by choice, will affect busing, boundaries and enrollment at various schools, including crowded neighborhood schools that could see a surge of students if some magnets are eliminated.

Board members, who spent eight hours discussing magnets Sept. 4, still haven't agreed on what changes they want to make, or even what their overall goals are. Changes to virtually all of the district's 14 magnet programs have been proposed or discussed, ranging from staff proposals to end programs such as communication arts and “open” schools to relatively minor changes in transportation boundaries for Montessori schools and entrance requirements for IB schools.

The next meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CMS's Leadership Academy, 7920 Neal Road (near the “governor's village” schools in northeast Charlotte). It is open to the public.