School Board launches comprehensive review of CMS

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education launched a comprehensive review of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools at its June 8 meeting. The review, expected to be completed by November, is intended to help the Board align decision-making in multiple areas with the goals of the district’s strategic plan as well as take a consistent, strategic approach to individual issues.

Titled “The Case for Continuous Improvement: A Comprehensive Review of CMS,” the review will address policies guiding such district operations as magnet schools, transportation, boundaries, projected enrollments, use of facilities and funding.
It will begin with a series of community forums in June. Click here to view the Comprehensive Review Web site, which includes the list of dates and times for the forums.

The community forums will be open to the public so that Board members and district staff can hear public input on the guiding principles used in decisions across CMS. The forums will be at three schools and the Government Center.
“Current economic conditions, as well as a number of issues now before us, have combined to create an opportunity for a comprehensive review,” said Eric C. Davis, chairperson of the Board. “All of us look forward to involving the public in this important discussion.”

The review will be conducted in a series of steps, some overlapping in time.

The Board will hold four community forums and three workshops before July 4.

“The workshops will enable us to start from a common set of facts and data while also providing an opportunity for us to discuss the issues and begin a constructive dialogue,” Davis said. “The community engagement forums will allow us to include the community on the front end of this work by listening to their perspectives.”
The Board will apply guiding principles to review CMS programs, transportation, funding, bell schedules, student assignment, facilities and capital needs to develop a comprehensive plan for the 2011-2012 school year.

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