This week in CMS: Vote on magnet busing, student assignment talks

A proposed “hybrid plan” would offer CMS magnet students a choice of shuttle or neighborhood bus stops.
A proposed “hybrid plan” would offer CMS magnet students a choice of shuttle or neighborhood bus stops.

Where will Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students go to school and how will they get there? This week brings another round of short-term decisions and long-term planning about student assignment and transportation.

Tuesday: Full board

The agenda: Includes a vote on changes to magnet busing for 2016-17, as well as a handful of changes to magnets and academic programs. The board is also scheduled to approve a final budget for the current financial year, revise General Counsel George Battle’s contract and continue talks about a formula for allotting teachers to high-need schools.

When and where: 6 p.m. Tuesday, meeting chamber of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St.

Public comments: The board will hear three-minute comments on any topic. Call 980-343-5139 by noon Tuesday to sign up, or do so on-site before the meeting starts.

Watch from home: The meeting airs live on CMS-TV Cable 3 and is streamed online.

Thursday: Policy panel

The agenda: The board’s policy committee will continue its review of guiding principles for student assignment changes. At its October meeting the panel started reviewing three possible approaches: a mix of magnet and neighborhood schools with a magnet lottery designed to increase diversity, a system of choice zones, or neighborhood schools with boundaries drawn to keep school poverty levels close to the district average.

When and where: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Room 528 of the Government Center.

Public participation: The meeting is open to the public, but no comments are taken.

Watch from home: Committee meetings don’t air live, but video is posted on the board’s website, usually by the next day.

Ann Doss Helms: 704-358-5033, @anndosshelms

Learn more

For Tuesday’s agenda, links to video streaming, instructions on signing up to speak and contact information for board members: