An important school board meeting in Matthews, three public forums to talk about the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools budget and a state hearing on federal education law are all on tap for this week.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board takes its show on the road Tuesday, moving its regular meeting from the uptown Charlotte Government Center to Butler High in Matthews. As of Friday the agenda included a vote on guiding principles for student assignment and a public hearing on Superintendent Ann Clark’s 2016-17 budget plan.
Board members have also said they plan to hire a superintendent search firm and vote on a bond request at this meeting, but as of Friday those items weren’t scheduled. Board Chair Mary McCray didn’t return a call and email seeking more information about those items, but Vice Chair Elyse Dashew said Thursday she thought the agenda remained in progress. Members can add items as late as the start of the meeting.
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Meanwhile, anyone interested in learning more about the $1.4 billion budget plan, which includes a request for an additional $23 million from Mecklenburg County commissioners, can attend any of three discussion forums being held around the county this week.
And if that’s not enough, state education officials will come to Charlotte on Tuesday to hear what people think about the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which Congress approved in December to replace the No Child Left Behind Act.
The new version eases up on the federal mandates that characterized No Child Left Behind, which means state officials have to make decisions about such things as testing, low performing schools and teacher evaluations by 2017. The Charlotte session is part of a statewide tour to get public views.
This week in education
The school board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of Butler High School, 1810 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Matthews. Meeting includes a public hearing on the 2016-17 budget plan; call 980-343-5139 by noon Tuesday to speak or sign up outside the auditorium before the meeting starts.
Learn more about the budget by clicking “2016-17 Budget/Capital Plan” at www.cms.k12.nc.us
CMS will hold three public engagement forums on the budget this week:
▪ 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Hornets Nest Elementary, 6700 Beatties Ford Road.
▪ 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Croft Elementary, 4911 Hucks Road.
▪ 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Briarwood Elementary, 1001 Wilann Drive.
The N.C. Department of Public Instruction will hear comments on the federal Every Student Succeeds Act from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at Mallard Creek High, 3825 Johnston Center Road. Details: www.ncpublicschools.org/program-monitoring/succeeds/