CMS holding public hearing on student assignment plan

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will hear from parents Tuesday about a proposed student assignment plan that could impact 2,500 or more students.

The school board will host a public hearing on the plan during a meeting at Garinger High School that begins at 5 p.m. The plan primarily deals with boundaries around four new elementary schools set to open in fall 2015.

One school would ease crowding at Hickory Grove, Windsor Park and Albemarle Road elementaries in east Charlotte. A second would relieve crowding at Highland Creek Elementary in north Charlotte.

CMS also plans to reopen Oakhurst Elementary as a science, technology, engineering and math partial magnet school off Monroe Road. Starmount Elementary would also reopen near South Boulevard and Arrowood Road.

The board will also hear from parents on a new STEM magnet planned for southwest Mecklenburg County. CMS has recommended it open at Kennedy Middle.

The school board is scheduled to take a final vote on the assignment plan next month.

Several groups of parents are expected to attend Tuesday to criticize the plan. Some parents in the Chantilly neighborhood had asked to be sent to Oakhurst, but the CMS recommendation leaves them out.

Parents at the new Palisades Park Elementary have also lobbied for the new STEM magnet to be placed at Southwest Middle, which is closer to them, instead of at Kennedy.