CMS Board of Education holds town hall to discuss House Bill 514

- Huntersville is still fighting to separate their schools from CMS. On Tuesday, Charlotte Mecklenburg School leaders broke down what exactly will happen if this became a reality in a town hall meeting.

The CMS board members say they held the town hall to make sure parents understood the impact of House Bill 514, and to clear up any misinformation floating around, as well as, make it clear why the board does not support this legislation. 

"I know that a lot of people have an understanding that they are really, really overcrowded up here and we have run the numbers and it's not so," said board member Mary McCray.

McCray says there is overcrowding and more development taking place but says it's not just happening in Huntersville and Cornelius, but all over north Charlotte.

"Well right now I'm thinking I'm leaning more towards I want it because it seems as though we'll get more of the attention we need with the charter school," parent Cary Bachofner said.

More than 100 people attended the meeting wrote questions on cards that were answered by the school board. Bachofner had questions of her own after a recent meeting.

"I was just at the Huntersville town meeting the other week where they passed it because CMS never responds to Huntersville and their needs, so I want to know why they don't want us to pass this," Bachofner said.

Board members made it clear that they do not support House Bill 514 which would allow Huntersville and Cornelius to own and operate charter schools and allows towns to use taxes to fund them.

"I do not support HB514. I believe that the town of Huntersville is a great town. We love living here but I don't think that they need to be in the business of operating a school, or a school system or charter schools," said parent Monica Museler.

They addressed the overcrowding issue, saying there are plans to build new schools. they also reinforced what CMS schools offer versus what charter schools leave out.

"Students that need extra services, students that need transportation, students that need school lunches, I don't think those students will be served as equally with a town run charter," Museler said.

School board members urged parents to contact their state representatives and let them know what they want.

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