Board member opts to skip magnet session

School board member Larry Gauvreau said that he's skipping today's seven-hour session on magnet programs.

“There's just not enough substance to the planned meeting ... and spending seven hours under the grips of a paid ‘facilitator' makes it a complete waste of time, too,” he said in an e-mail to board Chair Joe White and Superintendent Peter Gorman.

Gauvreau has long said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has too many of the specialized programs, which were created to boost court-ordered desegregation. He said in the e-mail that the advance material sent to board members indicated there wouldn't be much substance to the daylong meeting.

Gorman says he plans to present a more extensive slate of changes than the plan he brought to the school board in June, but that was not included in the advance packet. The advance material does include a summary of parents forums held this summer.

One point in that summary: The north suburban parents Gauvreau represents want more access to magnets, which currently are concentrated in the center city.

Ken Gjertsen, who represents the south suburbs, has argued for moving successful magnets closer to his constituents' homes.

Today's meeting, which is open to the public, is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CMS Leadership Academy, 7920 Neal Road.