Independence High School to receive stimulus funds for new cafeteria equipment

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will receive $122,137.34 to replace cafeteria equipment at three high schools, including Independence High School. The money will come through the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) (also called federal stimulus funding).
CMS applied for the ARRA grant in May; the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education approved the application at its June 9 meeting. CMS requested $136,825.76 and was awarded $122,137.34. The grant requires funds to be used to purchase equipment for preparing and serving school meals, each piece of equipment to cost at least $5,000, and the money to be spent by Sept. 15. Preference was given to schools where more than 50 percent of students receive free or reduced-price lunch.
CMS will use the funds to replace outdated hot and cold serving equipment at Garinger, Independence and West Charlotte high schools. All three schools are still using serving lines that were installed more than 30 years ago: Garinger in 1976, Independence in 1967, and West Charlotte in 1979.
“The cafeterias at Garinger and Independence were scheduled for renovations from bond money a couple of years ago, but that money had to be used for other purposes,” said Cindy Hobbs, director of Child Nutrition Services. “We are thrilled to receive this funding to replace the old equipment.”
The new serving lines are set for installation this summer, to be ready for the upcoming school year.


Vote on boundaries for new Mint Hill high school delayed


Members of the Mint Hill community arrive at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting.

The CMS Board of Education voted tonight 4-3 to delay a final vote until August 11. An earlier vote for the Mint Hill-Reedy Creek school boundary map was voted down 4-2 by the board. At Larger member Trent Merchant proposed delaying the vote, but other board members did not know what will change in the next few weeks before a final decision.
More than 100 supporters of the Mint Hill-Reedy Creek map attended the meeting, most wearing white shirts and carrying signs which read “One High School for Mint Hill.” Read more about the meeting in Thursday’s Mint Hill Times.


Matthews passes 2009-2010 budget

Town Hall
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The Matthews Board of Commissioners has approved the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 budget. This budget focuses on maintaining current services for citizens during this economic recession without increasing any fees or the property tax rate.

The approved budget for the Town is $17,914,505. This is $512,122 less or a 2.78% decrease from the 2008-09 budget. There are no proposed tax or fee increases in the budget. The tax rate will remain at .3325 cents per $100 valuation. “This is a difficult time for everyone. Revenues have dropped as sales tax and our other sources of income have dropped. This year’s budget reflects our efforts to maintain the services we provide to our citizens. We are holding our own with this budget. We are deferring or delaying equipment, vehicles, staff training, and employee items until the economy improves,” said Matthews Town Manager Hazen Blodgett.

The Town is projecting a 2 percent decrease in property tax revenues and a 9.2 percent decrease in sales and excise tax revenues. “We are monitoring our revenues very closely and will make adjustments to the budget if necessary. Just like everyone else we are hopeful that the economy will stabilize and we will be able to accomplish all of our goals this year.” Continue reading


CMS summer meals begin June 15

Hot Dogs on a Bun
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Child Nutrition Services will participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program this year from June 15 through August 7 and serve meals at more than 120 locations across Mecklenburg County. Continue reading


Mint Hill Police seeks suspect in shooting

4Mint Hill Police received information this morning at approximately 5:30 am that a victim of a shooting was being treated at Presbyterian Hospital in Matthews. After meeting with the victim, whose name is not being released due to concerns for his safety, stated the altercation occurred on Standing Wood Court in Mint Hill around 3:00 am.

The altercation between the victim and the suspect, Tony Maurice Knox, began verbally and then turned physical. Tony Knox left the scene after the physical altercation and returned a few minutes later to meet the victim again. At this time, Tony Knox presented a small firearm and shot the victim. The victim received injuries to his hand and leg, but has already been released from the hospital. Continue reading