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For CMS, student assignment is the big issue

Student reassignment will be a key topic of discussion this year for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.
Student reassignment will be a key topic of discussion this year for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Student assignment is the big topic hanging over Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.

While students and teachers are busy in the classroom, starting Aug. 29, the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board will face two issues that will determine the future of the district.

The board has contracted with the Alves Educational Consultants Group to help them conduct a comprehensive student assignment review. The CMS website says it is board policy to conduct a review every six years to ensure that student assignment adheres to the system’s guiding principals.

This year, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, the second largest system in N.C., will consist of 168 schools filled with 147,000 students. The system will be operating with a $1.38 billion budget with money coming through a mix of federal, state and local funds.

The new student reassignment plan is set to go into effect during the 2017-2018 school year. This month the board is wrapping up the first round of community engagement meetings designed to gather public input as part of the reassignment process.

To keep up with what’s happening around student assignment go to http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/cmsdepartments/StudentPlacement/PlanningServices/20172018StuAsgnReview/Pages/default.aspx

The board also is looking for a new superintendent.

Superintendent Ann Clark’s contract runs through July of 2017. The board has hired the search firm of McPherson and Jacobsen to help navigate the process. For more information about the superintendent search, go to http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/boe/superintendentsearch/Pages/default.aspx

As this school year moves on, board members will have to decide whether to ask for a school bond package to be added to the 2017 ballot. Also, the seats of six district members from the nine-member board will be up to re-election in 2017.

Those board members will have to decide if they wish to serve another four-year term. If so, they will also likely be campaigning for much of 2017.

Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer: m.johnston@carolina.rr.com.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools by the numbers

As the second largest school system in the state behind only Wake County, CMS operates on a grand scale. Consider these statistics from the 2015-2016 school year courtesy of the CMS website:

▪ The district reported 18,495 employees on its rolls -- 11,356 of those teacher and support staff.

▪ 35,806 volunteers gave of their time to schools across the district.

▪ 1,027 school buses traveled a total of 107,000 miles each day.

▪ School cafeterias were kept busy serving 30,000 breakfasts, 94,000 lunches, and 8,500 after school snacks each school day.

▪ Students in the district represented 158 countries, speaking 175 languages.

Want to know more facts or keep up with current school happenings? Visit www.cms.k12.nc.us or check out the district’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CharMeckSchools

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