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Tune in Tuesday for the latest on CMS student assignment

On Tuesday, consultants are scheduled to report on data and ideas to help Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on student assignment changes.
On Tuesday, consultants are scheduled to report on data and ideas to help Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on student assignment changes. Observer file photo

School is out, but the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools review of student assignment remains in full swing. On Tuesday, consultants are scheduled to report on their first month’s work compiling data and ideas to help the school board offer more options and break up concentrations of poverty.

Tuesday’s agenda also includes a vote on criteria for the next superintendent, including integrity, leadership and political acumen.

The two topics have dominated board business for most of the year.

On student assignment, the board recently hired the Massachusetts-based Alves Educational Consultants Group to help craft two rounds of changes.

The first involves revising the magnet lottery and the menu of offerings, with a goal of giving everyone more options and encouraging school diversity through choice. It’s scheduled for completion in time for a November vote, with changes taking effect in 2017-18.

The second, scheduled to start in August, involves looking at school boundaries, with changes taking effect in 2018-19. The full review is designed to increase economic diversity while avoiding the kind of change that would disrupt successful schools and possibly trigger flight from public education.

The superintendent search will get serious this fall, when the board’s search consultants advertise for the job. The goal is to hire a superintendent in February 2017, before Superintendent Ann Clark’s contract expires next summer.

The search criteria up for a vote Tuesday will be part of the advertisement. The board plans additional public meetings to hear more about what people want from the next leader.

Tuesday’s meeting starts at 6 p.m. in Room 267 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St. It airs live online and on CMS-TV Cable 3. It includes public hearings on three proposed policy changes. To sign up for the hearings, call 980-343-5139 by noon Tuesday or sign up on site before the meeting (comments will not be taken on other subjects).

Get details about the meeting, including the agenda and video link, at www.cms.k12.nc.us/boe.

Keep up with the search at www.cms.k12.nc.us/boe/superintendentsearch.

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

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