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Morrison: CMS bonds will improve district
$295 million up for November referendum
Published Friday, September 13, 2013 2:07 am
by Alton Peques


Mecklenburg County voters will decide in November whether to approve $295 million in bonds for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. 

The renovations include installing new academic buildings for instruction, revitalizing the classroom structure, and implementing new programs that teach career skill sets.

The bond referendum, if approved, would allocate funds to schools across the district. CMS has identified 17 projects that need urgent attention and funding which will provide more academic choices for students, relieve overcrowding, and renovate and upgrade existing facilities. 

On Sept. 11, CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison held a media briefing at South Mecklenburg High School with South Mecklenburg Principal Maureen Furr and South Meck SLT Liaison Samuel Santander. 

Morrison quickly emphasized the urgency accompanied with addressing the issues CMS schools are facing daily. 

“As we grow that means we are stressed about the availability of facilities,” he said. 

Overcrowding has been the initial dilemma many parents and students are seeking answers to. When asked whether there will be greater emphasis on academic programs or school construction Morrison replied, “everything is a priority” and expounded on how CMS plans to find a balance with allocating bond money to projects with equal consideration. 

Furr provided anecdotes about experiences South Mecklenburg students and staff face daily. 

“While we have great things going on, we also have needs,” she said. “We need space. We may need to be creative about providing students better experiences without alleviating class size.” 

Morrison acknowledged the high costs involved with constructing new buildings. Facing this reality in addition to renovations, the bond request includes improving academic programs that produce a more efficient learning experience. A new magnet program titled STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) is set for Oakhurst Elementary along with a new K-8 magnet. The program places emphasis on developing skill sets and foundations that will serve students once they graduate to the workforce. 

For more information or if you have questions about the CMS bond referendum:

• Go to www.cms.k12.nc.us and click on 2013 CMS Bond

• Call CMS Communications Services at (980) 343-7450

• Email your questions to cmsbond@cms.k12.nc.us



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Posted on September 30, 2013

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