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CMS this week: Magnet forums, budget vote and construction plans

This week brings another round of forums on student assignment, which has been stirring public discussion for months already.
This week brings another round of forums on student assignment, which has been stirring public discussion for months already. Observer file photo

As Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools staff hits the road to take the public pulse on student assignment, the school board has a full slate of meetings lined up this week as well.

Monday kicks off a two-week stretch of community engagement meetings, as the school board works toward possible changes in magnet schools for 2017-18. Sessions will start with a brief presentation on where the board stands so far, followed by small-group discussions among participants.

Last week the board spent four hours reviewing the questions and options that will go before the public, including possible ways to define socioeconomic diversity, revise the magnet lottery, redraw magnet transportation zones and expand magnet themes and locations.

On Tuesday the full board will meet, in a session that includes time for public comment on any topic. And if that’s not enough, board committees will meet Monday and Thursday.

Here’s what to expect and how to get involved.

Assignment forums

All meetings are from 6:30 to 8 p.m. No advance sign-up is needed.

Monday: Mallard Creek High, 3825 Johnston Oehler Road.

Wednesday: Hopewell High, 11530 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville, and South Mecklenburg High, 8900 Park Road.

Thursday: Butler High, 1810 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Matthews, and Olympic High, 4301 Sandy Porter Road.

For more information, including next week’s locations: www.cms.k12.nc.us (look for “Student Assignment Review” under Spotlight).

Board meeting

The school board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the meeting chamber of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St. People who want to speak can sign up by calling 980-343-5139 by noon Tuesday or do so on site before the meeting starts.

The board, which approved a preliminary budget plan this spring, will vote on a final 2016-17 budget that incorporates decisions made by county commissioners and state legislators. Also on the agenda: A $33 million request to county commissioners for money to start buying land and drafting designs for new schools and renovations that are expected to be on a 2017 bond referendum.

The meeting will air live online and on CMS-TV Cable 3. Details: www.cms.k12.nc.us/boe

Committees

The policy committee meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday in room 527 of the Government Center. The agenda includes follow-up on last month’s discussion of suspensions for preK-2 students and adding a student member to the school board. The committee will also start discussing policy revisions to prohibit employees who are involved in romantic, sexual or dating relationships from being in positions where one supervises the other, and will get a brief update on the timeline for student assignment policy changes.

The intergovernmental relations committee meets at 9 a.m. Thursday in the same location.

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

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