Here’s what you need to know about 19 school board candidates and CMS bonds

The Nov. 7 election is a big one for people who care about education in Mecklenburg County.

The county is seeking voter approval for $922 million in bonds for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to build 10 new schools, replace seven existing ones and renovate or expand 12 more.

And six district seats on the nine-member school board are up for election in a nonpartisan race. With three incumbents stepping down, the election is guaranteed to usher in some new leadership. The new crew will work with Superintendent Clayton Wilcox, who took the top job in July, to set policy for America’s 18th largest school district, with about 150,000 students and more than 19,000 employees.

Background checks: One CMS candidate could end up suing herself. What public records show about the race.

Candidate surveys: 19 Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board candidates outline their views, qualifications

District 1: Northern District 1 school board candidates differ on bonds and other CMS issues

District 2: Two West Charlotte graduates compete for District 2 CMS school board seat

District 3: CMS school board’s District 3 draws a crowd of candidates with an unusual situation

District 4: CMS board will have a new District 4 member for the first time in 12 years

District 5: Three-way competition to be new CMS District 5 school board member is fierce

District 6: Big difference on student assignment distinguishes District 6 CMS board candidates


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North Meck balks at $922 million school bond plan. Can CMS overcome that resistance?

Last CMS bond was $295 million in 2013. Eight projects are done, nine are not.

There’s support for $922 million school bond, mixed reviews for CMS, poll finds