Goodall questioned about his role as legislator and lobbyist

Eddie Goodall, the outgoing N.C. senator who represents the Mint Hill area, is being questioned by the Greensboro News and Record about his role as Senator and President of the North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Goodall offered an amendment yesterday that calls for a lifting of the 100 limit of charter schools in North Carolina. The measure, like past years, was tabled—or killed, in layman’s terms.

Goodall is not running again so that he can focus on his role as President of the charter school alliance. Mark Binker of the News and Record asked Goodall if there was a conflict of interest between his role as lobbyist for charter schools and senator.

“I took the ethics rules there and looked at them very closely, I can’t really recall some of the language there, but clearly I don’t. It wouldn’t impact my compensation. I’m doing the same thing I’ve done for six years in terms of charter schools, everyone knows that. If you look at those rules…clearly to me, it doesn’t present a conflict.”

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Keeping the Mint Hill library open: Where do we stand now?

Photo by Mark Larson (http://www.flickr.com/photos/marklarson/)

After the third meeting in less than a week yesterday between towns and library officials, a deal seems to be in the works to keep the Mint Hill library open. Library officials drafted a memorandum of understanding that calls for each town to give either cash or in-kind donations that will amount to more than $700,000 between the towns.
Mint Hill Town Manager Brian Welch attended the meeting yesterday as Mint Hill’s representative. He said the agreement between the towns and the library is not finalized because each town’s board will have to officially vote on the the plan. The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners have already voted to give the library a one time payment of $175,000 as long as it is equitable with what other towns are giving. Matthews has offered to allow the library to bypass lease payments on its building, which could amount to $200,000 in the next fiscal year. Davidson will likely offer some cash as well as in-kind donations. Cornelius will give $175,000, and Huntersville is expected give a token gift to the library.
Both Mint Hill and Cornelius may ask for something in return for the $175,000. This could mean that the library and towns work something out with the respective leases on the library buildings within the towns.
The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners will likely make a final vote on helping the library at its next meeting on Thursday.

Here’s a breakdown of what each library may give:

- Cornelius: $175,000 contribution
- Davidson: forgiveness of lease payment in the amount of approximately $37,000; and solicitation of additional donations to total $175,000
- Huntersville: in-kind contribution, yet to be determined
- Matthews: restructuring of lease to defer current payment to 2018 of $205,000
- Mint Hill: $175,000 contribution

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Want your voice heard about school boundaries?

CMS is hosting several workshops in the coming days where they are going to review many of their operations—one of which is how school boundaries are formed. Mint Hill, perhaps more than any community, exposed CMS’s boundary policies when CMS was deciding who to send to the new Rocky River High School in Mint Hill. Now, CMS wants to know how it could decide boundaries, as well as other issues, better than they have in the past.
The Board of Education seeks input for its comprehensive review of the school district. Titled “The Case for Continuous Improvement: A Comprehensive Review of CMS,” the review addresses district issues including magnet schools, transportation, boundaries, projected enrollments and use of facilities.
Forums will be held on the following dates and times:
June 21, Harding High (2001 Alleghany St.) at 6:30 p.m.
June 22, Government Center (600 E. Fourth St.) at 6 p.m.
June 24, South Mecklenburg High (8900 Park Road) at 6:30 p.m.
June 28, Hopewell High (11530 Beatties Ford Road) at 6:30 p.m.
The Board of Education will also hold three workshops before July 4 to discuss the information collected from the public.

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County, library and towns try to cobble together a plan to save the libraries

Negotiations between Mecklenburg County towns and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library continued Tuesday in downtown Charlotte at the law offices of Robinson, Bradshaw and Hinson. Library officials have asked towns—specifically Mint Hill, Matthews, Davidson and Cornelius—to pitch in a total of $700,000 to sustain the library system for the next fiscal year. Mint Hill is the only town that is on board with donating the money—as long as Mint Hill’s library stays open—but Mayor Ted Biggers said it would be difficult for the town to give money if it meant other towns aren’t paying their fair share.
Last Friday, Biggers attended the first of the formal negotiations. Towns, including Charlotte, were represented by at least mayors and town staff, while library board members and staff including Director Charles Brown represented the library. County officials included Board of Commissioner Chairwoman Jennifer Roberts.
Towns don’t think they can sell the library plan to their boards without tweaking it considerably. The towns want to help, but the road ahead could be tricky.
“We have to think outside the box,” Davidson Mayor John Woods said. “Then I believe the towns could cobble together a plan that would be acceptable.” Continue reading

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Decision on Christian LeMay expected in next two weeks

Butler quarterback Christian LeMay will know in the next two weeks the outcome of a disciplinary hearing with CMS officials today for breaking the CMS “code of conduct.” The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that LeMay’s father said via text message:

…the elder LeMay said “the hearing went well” and said his son is “taking the high road and handling adversity as classy as he has always been known to.” He said his son had to “duck cameras” to attend the hearing.

LeMay’s family released a statement Monday thanking the community for support, and promising LeMay will get back on track:

We would first like to thank so many of you who have shown your love, support and rendered prayers for our family at this time. The overwhelming outpouring of community affection has been tremendous. Christian is the oldest of our four children and as parents we could not have asked nor designed a more special young man then himself. He has for 17 years lead by example and done remarkably well with the responsibility. We truly believe that children are a joy and one of the most precious gifts we could ever receive from God. Continue reading

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